Freestone Peaches- do the pits need to be frozen to grow?

I have one tree that produces fruit. Can I take the pits and grow my own trees? I have heard that the pits must be frozen for some time or they won't grow! Can someone tell me exactly what I must do to get this done???? Or do I need another tree to pollinate the blossoms before the pits can grow into trees? These peaches are the BEST I have ever tasted and I want more!!!

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  • Lynda Dyche Lynda Dyche on Aug 13, 2017
    My mother says to put the pit under a board outside until next spring...then plant and Mark the she did it.
  • Roxy Stedman Roxy Stedman on Aug 13, 2017
    If you hought the peach from an orchard. Just beware some orchardist graph trees. I've known apple orchards to graph onto older cherry trees because the have a good root system.
  • Mike Wagner Mike Wagner on Aug 13, 2017
    So, what are you saying?? The tree that grows from the grafted peach pit will be whatever the tree they grafted the peach to?? If you plant a peach pit, how would it grow up as a cherry tree? It was the center of a real peach!! Or would it just not bear fruit at all? I bought both of the 2 Freestone peach trees from a nursery catalog I got in the mail. A year or two later, one tree was damaged in a windstorm and the peach graft was broken off. The host tree looks like it has small peaches on it, but they don't taste good at all. I have threatened to cut it down, but haven't as yet. The remaining tree has the most delicious peaches I have ever tasted, and I want to try to grow more from its pits. Is this possible? And what is the procedure. Or should I just forget the whole thing and buy more expensive trees from a nursery... grafted or not? I don't think we have a choice, really!

    I would think that if you grow new trees from pits, it would necessarily have to be a real peach tree, but I COULD be wrong! (And probably am!)

    Thanks for all the input, really, but now I'm even more confused!!
  • Mike Wagner Mike Wagner on Aug 13, 2017
    Hey, that's worth a try!! I have a lot of pits! Thanks!!
  • JoLeen Bolton JoLeen Bolton on Aug 14, 2017
    I'd bite the bullet and purchase one. Seems to me you'd get peaches sooner than having to wait for a pit to root out and grow enough to produce. If you're one of those who are patient, you're only out your time in planting some pits to see if it works. Good luck to you!
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