Who doesn’t love a fresh bowl of cherries? They’re simply delicious at any point of the day! I’ve wanted to grow a cherry tree for as long as I can remember, because growing fruit trees is seriously so much fun! I was happy to learn that growing cherry trees is possible, and you can do so just from old cherry pits! Here’s how:
Naturally, you need to start saving your cherry pits! As soon as you have some saved up, place them in warm water for about five minutes. Let your pits dry out for 5 days, and stash the pits in the fridge for around ten weeks. By stashing them in the refrigerator, you’re mimicking the “winterization” process, and allowing them to “re bloom” come “spring.”
After the ten week winterization process comes to an end, take your pits out of the fridge and let them hang out until they reach room temperature. Next, plant 2 or 3 pits inside a small container. Use potting soil as the growing matter, and water well.
After the pits have sprouted, wait for them to become sturdy before transplanting them outdoors. Make sure it’s late enough in the year that the danger of evening frosts are no longer present. Trees should be placed twenty feet apart.
Every Spring, your cherry tree will need to be fertilized, preferably with a low-nitrogen fertilizer.
Your tree won’t be mature enough to produce fruit for another 3-7 years, but the wait is worth the reward! I can’t wait for my first harvest!