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Mesa, AZ. zone 8b
Sep 13, 2017 10:46 AM CST
I have several nectarine pits and would like to plant them. How should I germinate them and does it matter what time of year I do it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sep 13, 2017 12:06 PM CST

The pits will germinate within their own time frame - sometime after the last frost next spring.

Does it freeze at your house? If so, the easiest way to plant the nectarine pits would be in pots ourside. The pits need to crack open to allow the seed to germinate. Outside, the freeze/thaw of winter does that.

If you are attempting to germinate them inside, you will have to refrigerate the seeds until sometime in January. In January, take them out and either remove the seed from the pit or crack the pit. Plant them in pots and return them to the refrigerator for another couple months.

Unless the fruit you harvested your pits from was over-ripe, the seeds may not have been mature enough to germinate.
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