The Q&A Archives: Peach Tree Grown From Discarded Seed/pit

Question: My fiance discarded his pech pit into my window (southern exposure) box herb garden and grew into spring and summer. Then, as we were moving to a new house I took it out and planted it into the only thing handy, a glass container, kind of small and kept it in a west window over winter. It had leaf and limb although it looked like it was bonsai and leaf curl abnormal. I transplanted it that spring and it grew well, the abnormal growth dropped off. It survived the winter. Now Ithink I should maybe prune and see about having it grafted unto adwarf stock. Can you advise me on pruning i n the open vase style? This tree wants to grow! However it has two good branches on one side only and a good central leader. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have a good book from the library, Fruit and berries for the bak yard. But additional advise is needed. Thanks so much.

Answer: What a fabulous tale! Do keep in mind while making plans that this tree may or may not produce fruit of comparable quality to the peach the seed came from originally. You might want to allow the tree to grow normally in the ground and see about the fruit before taking extraordinary steps for it. Having said that, the grafting would normally be done by a professional using pieces from named trees in order to maintain the desired fruit characteristics. Your county extension might be able to put you in touch with someone who would be willing to do this for you using a piece from your tree and a commercially produced root stock. In the meantime, the following site ( ) has some tips on training young peach trees to the open center or vase-like style.

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