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How do you grow fruit trees from seeds?

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To grow fruit trees from seeds, gather the seeds, remove any remaining fruit flesh, and allow them to air dry. Most fruit seeds require chilling before they sprout. Trees from seed are not true to the fruit from which they come, but are a cross of the fruit and the tree that pollinated the flower.

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Once the seeds are dry, place them in a glass jar, and loosely close the lid. Prior to planting, add damp peat moss to the jar, and place it in the refrigerator to chill. The required chilling period varies by species of tree, but stone fruits such as cherries and peaches require up to two months of chilling.

Transfer the seeds outdoors into planting rows. As they emerge, cover the rows with arched hardware cloth to protect the seedlings from rodents. Fertilize the new trees with urea once they reach 6 to 8 inches in height, and water them every 10 to 12 days. When it is time to transfer the trees, use a spade to cut the taproot 6 to 8 inches below the surface of the ground.

These trees serve as good rootstock for grafts. The graft ensures the plant produces identical fruit to the mother tree.

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