The longer you keep the apricot kernel, the more difficult it is for it to germinate. For this reason, it is used immediately after consuming the sweet apricots. The core should be completely free of remnants of the pulp.
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Germinate the core
There are different ways you can germinate the woody apricot kernel in the soil. This only happens when sufficient water can penetrate inside. This is where the almond-like seed is hidden.
Method 1: Without pre-treatment
Immediately plant the core in loose soil. Germination takes a little longer. After all, the tender seedling has to crack the hard shell itself.
Method 2: With pre-treatment
Use sandpaper or a file to roughen the core before planting. This allows water to get to the seed faster. Germination is accelerated.
Method 3: only seeds without a core
To shorten the germination time, you can carefully open the core with a nutcracker. The first strong cotyledons develop within 10 to 14 days. Only the seeds are used. To make cracking easier, store the core in the refrigerator for about a week.
So that the tree grows ...
Now the core comes into the ground. Use a smaller flower pot. The use of cling film ensures constant moisture in the earth. Germination can take several months. Make sure you open the foil regularly. This avoids putrefaction.
Ideal potting soil:
- Mixture of earth and sand
- absolutely unfertilized
When the first green tips can be seen, the apricot feels very comfortable on the light windowsill. Nevertheless, avoid direct sunlight. In mild regions, young trees can already feel in the garden
very well. Make sure there is sufficient frost protection. Rain and wind also have an unfavorable effect on development. With good care, the apricot will begin to bear its own fruit after around 3 to 5 years.
Tips & Tricks
Let the kernel or, alternatively, just the seeds soak in lukewarm water for 2 - 3 days. That way it germinates faster.