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Out They Come

January 7th, 2016

Waaaayyyyyy back at the end of the summer I put sour cherry and plum seeds in the fridge to stratify. I noted on my calendar that they needed to come out at the end of December. This morning I pulled them out.
stone fruit seeds
Now that they’ve had their dose of cold treatment hopefully I get a few of them to germinate. Some of the tart cherries have already germinated, so into small pots they will go. None of the plums are germinating.
Tart Cherry Seedling
I’m really hoping to end up with a few lovely trees for myself and for a few friends, we shall see. It’s always a gamble to do projects like this, but I don’t lose anything but a little time if they don’t germinate. I’ll keep you posted on their progress.

What fun things are you doing this week?

3 Comments to “Out They Come”
  1. Nebraska Dave on January 7, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Susy, This week I’ll be planting my radish and lettuce seeds in the five gallon buckets in the basement under grow lights. Like you, I don’t know if it will work but it’s just fun to be able to still get my hands in the dirt even if it’s just a wee bit of dirt.

    How long do you think it will be before you actually get any cherries? I have seen a father and son start a tree from a maple helicopter seed. It’s been eight years and amazingly it’s now about 20 feet high. The parent tree had to be cut down and was probably about 80 to 100 years old. So this new tree is the child of the old one. It’s kind of cool when you thing about it.

    Have a great tree seed starting day.

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    • Susy on January 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Already planting, amazing Dave!!!

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  2. Brenda on January 8, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Will the cherries and plums grow true from the seeds or are you just taking a chance to see what you get?

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