how to start peach or nectarine trees. - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cookie04
July 31, 2010
do i dry the seed? and then do i just crack the shell or plant the complete seed.? thank you Cookie.

Answer from NGA
July 31, 2010
Nectarine or peach pits can be planted in the fall in a sunny garden area, just as if you were planting any other seed. Leave the hard outer coating on and plant the pits about 4 inches deep and 4 inches apart in a row. Smooth the soil over the pits and then cover over the top of the soil with an inch of straw, pine needles or similar mulch. Throughout winter, the pits will swell with water and break the hard outercoating. 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 locations.

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