How to germinate a peach pit?


Do you leave the hard pit intact or do you take the seed out ?

  4 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 02, 2018

    Hi Renee,

    Hope this helps you

  • Thelma Thelma on Sep 02, 2018

    Hi, You leave the pit intact, rinse it off, test it for viability by putting it in a bowl of cool water; if it floats it's not viable so throw it away and test another one. Plant only the seeds that do not float (they're viable - good seeds) and let them 'do their thing' over winter; they should come up after the weather turns warmer in the spring. Remember: Most trees grown from seed will not produce fruit; they need to have their limbs grafted onto other rootstock. Good Luck!

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Sep 02, 2018

    I put holes in the pit around the center and attach toothpicks to balance on the edge of a vase or cup. Put 2 ounces 7up or similar and distilled water up to the toothpick line on the pit. Place in a lighted location, no in direct sunlight. Add distilled water as needed, checking daily. Once the roots fill the bottom of the container, plant. In potting soil, water with what is left in the container and move to sunlight.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 02, 2018

    The splitting of the pit should come naturally, Renee. Suspend the pit half into a glass of water. In a few days or weeks, when you see 1/2” white strands growing out of the pips in the pit, plant the peach pit in some good potting soil. Don’t check on it or dig it up. Water it once a week. When the pit sprouts, it will look like it is standing straight up, with tender leaves unfolding from the top. Keep it watered and protected until it is 1-2’ high. Then you can transplant the tiny tree and a good bit of the soil underneath. If you want it to grow to full size in a few years, allow the tree 30’ in every direction for growth. If you just want the novelty of growing a peach pit or 12, keep the plants in large pots. It takes a few years for the peach tree to bloom and bear peaches, so consider them ornamentals until then. Best wishes ☺️

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