The Q&A Archives: Planting seeds

Question: I have peach pits and wanted to know how to plant them to start a seedling. Do I plant the whole thing? Do I soak it first? Thank you.

Answer: Although you might be able to grow a tree from the peach pits, the tree will not be the same as the tree that produced the fruit you liked so much and the fruit will not be the same, either. Peach trees are usually grafted to assure consistent quality fruit. If you can find out what variety of peach you liked so much you could purchase the same variety of tree and plant it in your yard. If you'd still like to try, peach pits can be planted in the fall in a garden area, just as if you were planting any other seed. Plant them about 4 inches deep and apart in a row. Cover with an inch of straw, pine needles or similar mulch and then water. Throughout winter, water the row when conditions have been dry and warm. Many of the pits will germinate the following spring. You can transplant them to pots for growing to a larger size, or move them directly to their new location.

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