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Have you ever gone into a supermarket, and right in front of the front door is a kiosk full of freshly picked cherries. Oh and those cherries look so good. You stand there looking at the cherries and they look better by then. You finally decide to buy a bag full even though they are expensive. Wrapped up inside those cherries however, are the seeds for raising new cherry trees. You're looking at the price of the cherries and they're just so expensive you really know you can't afford them, but they're so good. Then a bright idea strikes; why don't you plant the seeds and raise your own cherries.

When you get home you begin eating the cherries and saving the pits to raise your own cherry trees. To raise a cherry tree from seeds takes about five to seven years before they are big enough to have cherries. You think about this for a while and finally decide that it doesn't make any difference. Then you go searching about to see if you can find any information about planting cherry pits. You go on the Internet, and you google, "Propagating cherries." As soon as you click on the search button there are literally thousands of ways that pop up telling you many ways to raise your own cherries. In this collection of hits you will find more information than you need some right, some wrong, some letter useless and some that aren't.

One of the first things you will learn is that cherry pits need a period of cold weather to propagate. This means that you must plant them in a pot about 1 inch down then place them outdoors for the fall and winter. The new trees will sprout some time in late spring or early summer. The new trees are transplanted in the early fall; either into individual pots, or straight into the ground about 10 feet apart. This planting straight into the ground establishes your orchard. To keep your cherry trees safe from being mowed down when you cut the grass places stakes alongside them. The stakes can be wood or metal, preferably metal.

As the years pass and you want your cherry trees become bigger and bigger you feel a sense of accomplishment. Finally after several years past your cherry trees at last are big enough to blossom in the spring and bear fruit in the summer. Your labors undertaken so many years ago and finally borne fruit.

John Angus Carter

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