Peach Pits - Knowledgebase Question

Acton, ME
Question by smithactonme
July 13, 2006
We were given the absolute best peaches the other day and I have washed off 8 peach pits. Do you think I could start a peach tree?
We go to Florida for the winter but could bring pots with me, if necessary or maybe my brother has room in his little potting shed. Thanks in advance for your reply.


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Answer from NGA
July 13, 2006

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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. Peaches are not reliably winter hardy in Maine, so I would suggest you work with your local county extension to determine if the variety you like is worth trying to grow, or not. (Reliance and Redhaven are probably the most common hardier varieties grown but based on your description of the flavor it may not be one of these, although a fresh peach ripened on the tree is going to taste pretty good no matter what the variety!) I'm sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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