last August I bought some cherries, removed the seeds (about a dozen), washed them, and tucked them in the refrigerator for the winter (7 months). Now that spring-time is here, I planted those seeds in a little pot about two weeks ago and I have yet to see any action. I put a little bit of water in the soil about every other day just to keep the soil moist. Now that it's gotten warm, I also put the containers out in the sun to warm them up.

Am I doing this correctly? How long does it usually take for the plants to show themselves?

  • Where did you buy the original cherries? If they came from a large supermarket, they may have been in refrigerated storage for a long time before you bought them and germination may be poor. Ideally, you want cherries picked fresh from a tree. In any case, wait several months (not weeks) before you decide they aren't going to grow.
    – alephzero
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 16:55
  • They may be hybrids , that is , not produce exactly the same fruits. Fine if you want to grow seeds . But if you want cherries you will save several years by going to a garden shop ,or other, and buying a tree. Depending on your location , you may still get bare root trees by mail. Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 18:16
  • @alephzero, yes I purchased them from a supermarket.
    – mj_
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 21:07
  • @blacksmith37, I just want to get the thing growing. I don't care that much about the fruit.
    – mj_
    Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 21:08
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    @moinudin if I get mine to germinate, I'll let you know. I threw in some beet seeds into the container to see if anything would happen with those and not even two days, boom. :)
    – mj_
    Commented Apr 9, 2021 at 14:07


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