Growing Fruit Treesfrom seed - Knowledgebase Question

Temecula, CA
Question by Legal80
August 2, 2007
I have a great peach tree and would like to save some of the seed pits and start another tree. How do I go about it? Do I ry out the seed and put it in soil? Or put the seed in water until it sprouts? Please gove me instructions on how to start a tree from one of it's fruit seeds.


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Answer from NGA
August 2, 2007

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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 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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