Here's How You Can Grow Cherry Trees From Just The Pits

Consider all the cherry pits you've discarded. One pit may have grown a cherry tree! You could have eaten as many cherries as you could stomach.

Despite all those wasted cherry pits, you may start now. Cherries are easy to cultivate from seed, especially in the northern US. To harvest your own fruit will take roughly ten years.

The cherry pit you plant will also be off-type. The seed-grown tree won't likely produce cherries like you're used to.

Cherry trees can be delicious or sour. Cherries are tasty and used in baking and fresh eating. Sweet cherry seeds cannot grow true without cross-pollination.

Sweet cherries are larger than sour cherries. They're frequently cooked or baked due to their tartness.

Self-pollinating cherry trees breed true from seed. For best results, plant sour cherry seeds for an edible cherry tree. How to begin.

Eat some fresh, juicy cherries and keep the pits. After removing as much fruit as possible, immerse the pits in warm water for five minutes to remove any residual fruit.

After cleaning, put them on a paper towel in a warm, dry, shaded spot. Let them sit for days.

Wrap the dried pits in a moist paper towel or moss and place them in a plastic bag or glass jar. Put the seeds in the fridge for 10 weeks. During winter, stratification causes this frigid spell.

Plant the seeds in tiny potting soil containers after 10 weeks. Keep soil moist and seeds in the sun.

Watch for seedlings in a few weeks. Once they have their second set of leaves, they can be transplanted to pots or outside following frost.