Starting cherry seeds indoors helps establish your fruit tree before the ground thaws outside. This helps your tree develop before the normal season begins. Cherry seeds require a period of cold before germinating. This is called stratification. Start your cherry seed indoors following this crucial step. Obtain cherry pits from a seed vendor: cherry pits from cherries bought at the grocery store might not grow the same variety.
Fill a plastic pot with a drainage hole at the bottom with vermiculite.
Moisten the vermiculite with water so that it is wet but not dripping.
Place the cherry seed into the vermiculite at a one-half inch depth.
Place the pot with the vermiculite in a refrigerator that is set between 33 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the cherry seed in the refrigerator for six to eight weeks.
Fill a pot with potting soil purchased at a garden center.
Plant the cherry seed at a depth of a one-half inch. Keep the soil moist but not soaking wet. The cherry tree seedling will appear in a few weeks time.