Growing cherries in MN

Asked June 29, 2020, 6:01 PM EDT

Hello! We have started a few cherry seeds from fresh cherries this year and are looking for guidance on how best to plant and grow them. We have had success sprouting Rainier cherries, but not Bing (still a work in progress). We could also use advice on germinating the Bing cherries. Thank you!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Store-bought cherries (Rainier, Bing) are not hardy here. So if you get a tree growing, it is unlikely you will get fruit, even if the tree survives. Furthermore, many fruit trees are grown on dwarf rootstock. By planting a seed, you will get a full-sized tree, 20 to 30 feet tall. Finally, even if you could overcome the climate issues, you'd still have to wait 10 years or so for the tree to mature enough to produce fruit. Read here:

As for germinating the Bing seeds, cherry seeds need to be stratified. That means they need a cold treatment. They should be refrigerated for several months. Read here:

There are several good hardy cherries (pie or sour) that grow in Minnesota. 'Meteor' and 'North Star' are commonly planted. These trees will produce fruit on small trees in a couple of years. Read here about growing cherry trees: