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Peach tree from Seed

Posted by redrover1 6 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 12, 12 at 21:39

I have a couple peach seeds and would like to attempt to grow a tree. I would like to try growing in a pot and then transplanting it outside in the spring. I'am thinking perhaps I should not plant the seed untill winter. Since it is mid august when would be the best time to plant the seed. Also is it a good idea to try gowing it inside untill winter passes. Thanks for advice. Also I'm not sure if they need to go tru a statification process. thanks


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RE: Peach tree from Seed

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 15, 12 at 0:22

Seed may be sown outdoors in the fall or stratified seed may be planted in the spring. If you have appropriate lights, a cool room for growing on the seedlings, and patience to correctly harden off the seedling before taking it outdoors, you could stratify now, sow in winter indoors - your choice. Stratify the seeds at approx 33 to 41 F in damp sterile medium, 95 to 105 days. Seeds should be planted about 2 inches deep.. ( peaches will not reproduce true from seed, the tree you grow may bear fruit that does not resemble the peach you ate)


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RE: Peach tree from Seed

Do peaches grow where you are? Keep in mind, it will take years, maybe 8-10 years, before you get any fruit, and it may not be anything you'd want to eat, since they are hybrids.


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RE: Peach tree from Seed

Of the common fruits, peaches are a good choice to grow from seed. Peaches fruit in 3 or 4 years, and since they are self fertile, you have a pretty good chance of getting decent fruit from a seedling (unlike apples for example). Several people on the fruit forum have grown peach trees from seed. I had a volunteer that fruited in it's third season at 9 feet tall. The fruit was pretty good, but I cut the tree down because it was a pest magnet....borers in the trunk, Japanese beetles eating the leaves, and moth larvae in the fruit.

I would plant the seeds now where you want the tree to grow. Protect the area with a screen cylinder/cage so no animals dig up the seed or eat the seedling when it emerges in the spring.

Alex


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