Almond trees from a store-bought Christmas nut bag

I bought a bag of mixed nuts for Christmas (2020) from our local grocery store and managed to get it to sprout a few almonds after about four weeks. Can I get these to sprout quickly came to my mind, so I took five Hazel, Pecan, Walnut, and Almond nuts from the bag and soaked them overnight and before I put them on some wet paper towel. The next step was to put them in a plastic box that I put in the bottom of my fridge until I saw the first ones had sprouted.

Almond trees (Zone 5-9) should manage the cold in my zone 7 areas, but since they thrive in a dryer climate they might struggle. Doing an experiment with “free” nuts seem worth doing in my mind. I just have to make sure I put them in the most favorable areas I can.

After about 2 months from starting the cold stratification, the Almond is looking promising.
(photo was taken January 2nd, 2021)
After about 2 months from starting the cold stratification, the Almond is looking promising.
(photo was taken January 2nd, 2021)

So far 3 of the 5 Almond nuts have sprouted.

The other nuts I used in the bag have so far not sprouted, if they do I will link to them here.

These were the five nuts I chose for this experiment.
From top: Walnut, Pecan, Almond and Hazel
These were the five nuts I chose for this experiment.
From top: Walnut, Pecan, Almond and Hazel

I will update this over time.

Update 1 (January 25th 2021)

Two of my almond seedlings look very nice and healthy.
About one month of growth.
Two of my almond seedlings look very nice and healthy.
About one month of growth.

This Almond seedling have looked like this, with curled leaves, since the first leaves sprouted.
The seedlings have all had the same soil mix, same amount of sun and water.
I pruned it back to see if that might help.

This almond looks very poor.
Leaves are all curled up.
This almond looks very poor.
Leaves are all curled up.

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