Get seeds from cherry stones- a cracking idea.

 

cherry pit or stone

 

I like to try and grow a range of things from seeds I have collected but of course some are easier to get at than others. Having eaten some delicious cherries I naturally saved the “stones” , the hard outer shell that has within it a seed   and read that I ought to put them in the freezer for a few weeks as part of the germination process. I wondered if it would be possible to break out the seed and plant them but how to get at the seed without crushing them when you break into the hard shell?

pliers

The solution dawned on me today , using a simple pair of pliers and a chop stick.  The pits are oval shaped and thus I position each stone in the jaws of the pliers thus.

Place the stone thus in the plier jaws

Place the stone thus in the plier jaws

Next I introduced the chop stick between the flat inner tip of the pliers – the idea being that the stick would prevent the pliers closing too much and crushing the pit and the seed and it was simply a matter of sliding the chopstick along to accommodate different diameters of the various stones I’d saved and only allowing the pliers to close a millimeter or so thus cracking the pith but leaving the seed within undamaged.

The taper of the chopstick allows you to adjust to the size of the stone but avoid crushing it completely

The taper of the chopstick allows you to adjust to the size of the stone but avoid crushing it completely

the harvested cherry seed

the harvested cherry seed

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