Growing Almond Trees from seed
As it happens in many fruit trees (citrus, apple, nuts etc.) an almond tree grown from seed may not bear fruits for the whole of its lifetime for various reasons. Besides, in order to harvest almonds, we have to plant at the same yard at least two different and compatible fruit bearing varieties, so that the pollen can travel through the bees from one tree to another. But since you want to feel the joy of growing your own tree from seed, let’s get started.
The first thing we have to do is search for natural fresh harvested almonds. This may be more difficult than it sounds, because nearly all the almonds we can find in the market are roasted, so these seeds will definitely not sprout. In all cases, we need to find seeds that have not been processed in any way. They must be untreated, unroasted, unheated, and unsalted seeds. It is better to find newly harvested shelled almonds.
Once we find the natural seeds, we have to select at least 10 of them. All things done correctly, only 50% of the seeds or less will germinate, and only a fraction of those will make it to a small seedling and young tree. First, we soak the shelled almonds in water for 48-72 hours. Then, we break carefully the shell and we collect the seeds. Then, we place them upon a wet towel and we put the towel in a plastic bag (see image).
They key from now on is to place the bag at the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks. About 3 weeks later, some seeds will have normally sprouted. We plant them in individual small pots containing special soil mix (soil with river sand and compost etc.). We have to plant the seeds superficially, at a depth of 1,2 inches (3 cm) and cover lightly with soil. It doesn’t matter if we place the sprout facing upwards or downwards, nature will find the way. Then, we place the pots at a room temperature, close to a wide window, so that the seedlings will have access to plenty of sunlight. The most important thing from now on is to keep the pots moist but not soggy. When the seedlings have reached a height of 6 inches (15 cm), we can transplant them at a bigger container.
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