What Happens If You Plant A Cherry Pit

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:28 pm

Cherry trees look great in any garden. Especially in the spring, when everything awakens from hibernation, the flower is a real feast for the eyes. If you do not want to buy a ready-made cherry tree from the gardener, but would like to grow it yourself, you should pay attention to a few things. In order for a small pit to become a stately tree, you can read here how to do it.

As children, we liked to put the cherry pits or even other fruit pits in the ground in the hope that a real tree will grow from them. After many years of hope, I’m sorry to say that no tree has grown. What did we children do wrong?

What Happens If You Plant A Cherry Pit

Here perhaps a solution to the question

Not every cherry pit will sprout, so always plant several pits. Cherry pits picked directly from the tree are best. Everything that comes from the supermarket has been lying for quite a long time, and the prospects of developing a great fruit tree are rather slim.

This is how a pit could become a tree

When we eat cherries, we eventually get to a point where we get to the pit. Many spit it out and continue to give the pit no attention or simply stick it in the ground, then the sentence comes, there is now growing a cherry tree, unfortunately this is not so. The core must first be made to germinate, but for this it needs a cold shock 🙁.

This is quite simple, as soon as autumn arrives plant the pits in the open ground, for optimal germination and constant moisture three to five months of cold is necessary. The temperature should be about 3-5 degrees. (If this is not given, you can also put the kernel in the refrigerator).

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However, if you decide to use sweet cherries, unfortunately, this is a slightly different approach 🙂

If you choose sweet cherries you should know that before the pits get a cold shock, they prefer a warm bed for 2 weeks.

  1. place peat moss in a suitable container (preferably with air holes), if none is available please provide with holes.
  2. add some lukewarm water
  3. wait about 8 hours
  4. excess water must be removed
  5. put cherry stones on the peat moss and leave for 2 weeks

After these 2 weeks, the cold shock follows as described above 🙁 You can continue to use the peat moss for this purpose. The moss is now well moistened, make sure that he is not soaked.

The seeds come with the moss for at least 3 months in the refrigerator or outdoors, depending on the weather and cold. The optimal temperature should be 3-5 degrees. If your core is in the refrigerator it should be checked once a week. If there is too much water on the moss, the excess water should be removed. If the moss is dry, water must be added.

When spring finally arrives, you can plant the pre-pulled pits outdoors.

Cherries need space and plenty of sun

If you want your cherry pit to grow into a stately tree, you should make sure that you have enough space for your tree, don’t restrict it, leave space to other plants.

For our cherry pit in the soil is suitable sandy soil, the pH value should be neutral to slightly acidic.

Do not be sad if not every cherry pit develops into a plant. Growing cherry trees requires a lot of time and patience. If you follow the described measure, in a few months, that is, after planting, the first shoots may develop.

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However, it can take up to a year for the sprouts to come out of the ground.

If I had known this when I was a kid, I would have had a lot of cherry trees 🙂 .

I wish you the best of luck in growing them.


  • James Jones

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