Propagation: Growing Mahaleb Cherry from Seed

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  1. Steve Wieden

    Steve Wieden Member

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    Hello,
    I have twenty Mahaleb Cherry tree seeds and I was wondering if I was doing this correctly. I was thinking of soaking the seeds over night in water, and then place them in a bag with peat moss in the fridge for 110-120 days at 40* F. Then taking them out and placing them in a warm sunny spot and see what happens. And thoughts, experience, etc.? I was wanting to use the seedling as rootstock for tart cherry trees.

    Thank You,
    Stephen
     
  2. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Well-Known Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    There's plenty of information on the Internet regarding germinating Prunus mahaleb seed. I Googled "prunus mahaleb stratification" (without the quotes). It looks like you're on the right track. Cold, moist stratification: 100 days at 35 to 41 degrees F.
     
  3. Steve Wieden

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    Thank You. I had done a search but couldn't really find any step by step instructions by someone who had done is successfully. Then just yesterday i did some more searching and found what i needed. Thank you again!
     

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