How Do You Plant a Peach Pit? While they may not look or taste exactly like the originals, peaches can be grown from seed pits. Fruiting will take several years, and in certain situations, it may not occur at all. The type of peach pit from which a seed-grown peach tree is formed usually determines whether or not the tree bears fruit. Similarly, whether or not the peach pit germinates is determined by the peach variety.
How Do You Plant a Peach Pit?
1. Germinating Peach Pits
Although you can plant a peach pit directly in the soil in the fall and wait for natural spring germination, you can alternatively store the seed until early winter (December/January) and then encourage germination with cold treatment or stratification. Place the pit in a plastic bag with slightly moist soil after soaking it in water for an hour or two. Keep this in the refrigerator, away from fruit, at temperatures ranging from 34 to 42 degrees F. (-6 C.).
2. Plant a Peach Pit
As previously stated, peach seeds are planted in the fall. They should be planted in well-drained soil, preferably with compost or other organic material added. Plant the peach pit 3 to 4 inches (8-10 cm) deep and cover it with an inch (2.5 cm) or so of straw or similar mulch to overwinter. Water only when the soil is dry after planting. If the peach was nice, you should witness sprouting and a new peach seedling by spring.
How to Grow a Peach Tree From Seed?
Growing peaches from seed are simple after you’ve gone through the germination stage. Transplants, like any other fruit tree, can be treated and cultivated in pots. If you want to learn more about peach tree care, check read this post about cultivating peach trees.
Some peach pits germinate quickly, while others take a little longer—or do not sprout at all. Don’t give up, whatever the case may be. Growing peaches from seed can be a rewarding experience if you are persistent and try more than one type. Then there’s the wait for the fruit (up to three years or more). Keep in mind that patience is a virtue!
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