I am trying some, don't know yet. I do know that I have had good success in growing seedling peaches from seed. I plant fresh seed in the summer, and they come up the following spring. My neighbor has a bunch of pie cherry trees that he said grew from seed. They seemed pretty consistent and really good.
The peaches would vary, but all had edible fruit. Up here there is a virus that affects peaches, so the trees only have a lifespan of 10 years or so, so the seedlings are a good way of getting cheap trees. They grow really fast from seed.
I've had excellent success growing hybrid bush cherries from seed. Cherry seeds need stratification (chilling) before they will germinate. One method is to soak the seeds overnight in water, then plant in trays with a mix of potting soil and clean sand. Keep the seed trays in the refrigerator at 40 degrees for 90 days. Keep the seeds moist. (Another method is to just leave the trays outside over the winter- be sure to put hardware cloth screens over the trays.) Then put the trays in a warm, sunny place for germination.
Keep in mind that cherries do not usually grow "true-to-seed", in other words, the offspring seedling plants will be different from the parent plant(s). Typically, the fruit will be smaller and less sweet. Good luck!
posted 5 years ago
Wonderful!! I had already put them in wet potting soil, and stuf them in the freezer, and about a month ago I pulled them out and put them in the refrigerator. I guess its time to bring them out and pot them up? I do my echinacea the same way, only I know that its time to plant them because they sprout in the refrigerator. I guess I dont need to wait until cherries start sprouting?
Some cherries need a period of warm stratification to permit the embryo to mature, and then the cold stratification. One month cold may not be sufficient; most sources call for at least three. The stratification temperature is above freezing, so the time in the freezer shouldn't be counted. I stratified a bunch of Kerr sour cherry seeds last year, and they sprouted in my root cellar after a few months. This year I left the seeds on the bushes as long as possible, and it appears that they received enough cold in the field, because they germinated without additional stratification (which I didn't expect, so it was a problem).
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posted 5 years ago
Wow thanks! good information! ty
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