How To Grow Cherries

Discover the secrets of success with Ace’s Garden Guide on how to grow cherries. From seed to tree, master the art of cultivating delicious and bountiful cherry harvests in your own garden.

How To Germinate A Cherry Pit

Before you can start growing cherries you need to decide which path you want to take. The fastest option is heading to your local nursery and shell out big bucks for a cherry tree nearly ready to produce fruit. Alternatively, you can collect fresh cherry pits (aka cherry seeds) from ripe fruits and plant them yourself. The latter will be far more rewarding

Assuming you decide to grow your cherry tree from seed, these are the steps you need to follow before trying to plant anything.

First, Rinse pits to remove any fruit residue. Then place pits in a moist medium like a paper towel in a sealed container. Refrigerate for 8-12 weeks. Once that cold stratification period is over you can transfer stratified pits to the soil.

How To Plant Cherry Seeds

To plant cherry pits, choose well-draining soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5. Fill a seed tray or pots with the chosen soil, ensuring it’s moist but not waterlogged. Plant the pits 1-2 inches deep in the soil, spacing them apart.

Cover with a thin layer of soil and water gently. Place the tray or pots in a sunny location, providing at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

After planting, keep soil consistently moist, not waterlogged. Also, provide ample sunlight for germination, at least 6 hours daily. Germination may take several weeks, so be patient and don’t give up. I always give my seeds 30 days before trying to plant new ones. If you followed the steps above you can expect a germination rate above 90 percent.

cherry pits aka cherry seeds

How To Grow Cherry Trees From Seed

Caring for a cherry seedling involves several key steps:

  1. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogging. Cherry trees prefer well-drained soil, and a regular watering schedule is crucial, especially during dry spells.
  2. Sunlight: Ensure the seedling receives ample sunlight, ideally at least 6 hours a day. A sunny location promotes healthy growth.
  3. Protection: Shield the seedling from harsh winds and extreme weather conditions. Consider using a temporary barrier or providing support until the seedling strengthens.
  4. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Mulching also enriches the soil as it decomposes.
  5. Fertilization: Once the seedling establishes itself, introduce a balanced fertilizer in spring to support growth. Follow recommended application rates for the specific fertilizer.
  6. Pruning: As the seedling grows, prune selectively to encourage a strong, well-shaped structure. Remove any dead or damaged branches.
  7. Pest Control: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases. Early detection and appropriate measures, such as natural remedies or organic pesticides, can help protect the seedling.
  8. Patience: Cherry trees may take a few years before bearing fruit. Be patient and continue providing consistent care for a flourishing cherry tree in the long run. Soon enough everyone you share you cherry bounty with want to know how to grow cherries like you do.
how to grow cherries: cherry seedling

In conclusion, cultivating cherries from seed to tree is a rewarding journey. Patience, care, and these proven steps yield delicious fruits and a thriving cherry orchard.

If you enjoyed Ace’s Garden Guide on how to grow cherries, also check out this Guide To Growing Nectarines.

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