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Once you've eaten your fill of cherries (the fun part!), save some seeds and put them in a bowl of warm water. Let them soak for a few minutes and them gently clean them to remove any bits of fruit pulp clinging to them.

You can also skip the stratification indoors and plant cherry seeds directly outside in the fall, allowing them to go through a natural cold period in winter. You may not get as many seeds to sprout, so plant a few more than you want, in a spot in your garden where the seedlings will be safe from harsh winds or foot traffic (you will be transplanting these trees later when they get a few inches tall). Keep an eye out for them to appear in the spring. You'll want to put a light layer of mulch around them to hold moisture in the soil. Transplant to their permanent spot when they're10-12 inches tall.

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Preparing Cherry Seeds

Once seedlings are about two inches tall, then them so the tallest remains. Keep in a sunny spot; if it's gotten colder out at night, keep them inside in a sunny window. There they will stay until spring, after danger of frost has passed, when you can plant them outside. The seedlings should be a few inches tall by then. Plant them twenty feet apart, and keep the site protected by marking with poles or sticks so they don't get trampled on.

Sour cherries (Prunus cerasus), also known as tart or pie cherries, will grow in USDA zones 4 through 6, so these are best for colder climates. These trees grow up to 20 feet tall. Sweet cherries (Prunus avium) grow up to 35 feet or taller in USDA zones 5 through 7, or in USDA zones 8 and 9 in the Pacific Northwest. Check with your orchardist at the farmers' market to confirm what kind of tree the cherries came from, and if they've had any issues growing them in the area.

Planting Cherry Seeds

Important: use fresh local cherries! Don't get supermarket cherries as they may have been refrigerated after harvesting, and the viability of the seeds may be affected.

After ten weeks, remove the cherry pits from the fridge and let them come to room temperature (this will take about three hours). You can then plant them in a small container with potting soil. Plant two or three pits in each container. Place in a sunny spot and keep them watered so the soil stays moist but not wet.

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