Fruit trees are a valuable addition to any yard or lawn. They have many advantages such as providing privacy, adding greenery to a spot, blocking out winds and allowing homeowners to enjoy nesting birds. But, most importantly, they allow you to harvest fresh fruit. You can eat fruit off your fruit trees raw, or use it in savory dishes. Plant seeds of prolific producers such as peach trees in your backyard or garden. These trees produce fresh, succulent peaches three to four years after planting that you can harvest and enjoy.
Collect several pits from mature peaches as opposed to discarding them. Wash them thoroughly under running tap water, and place on an even surface to air dry.
Rub the thick pit with medium-grit sandpaper or metal file to scar it. Make sure you do this slowly and carefully to prevent any damage to the delicate seed kernel inside. Start the scarring process again with a new pit if you accidentally damage the seed.
Poke several air holes into the lid of a coffee can or plastic container and fill it with perlite or a mixture of peat moss and sand. Add a peach seed into the mixture, covering it lightly. Moisten it with water from a spray bottle and place in a refrigerator for 90 to 110 days to provide a cool, moist environment for the stratification process that ends dormancy and encourages germination.
Remove the sprout from the container and transplant it outside if the weather permits, or plant in a container indoors. Select a spot next to a wall outside that receives full sunlight but is protected from strong winds. Make sure the soil is well-drained.
Dig a tiny hole in the soil and plant the sprouted seed 2 inches deep in it. Cover it with a 1-inch thick layer of straw and water the spot lightly to ensure the soil is evenly moist. If growing it inside in the beginning, plant it 2 inches deep in a container filled with good quality potting soil and compost. Transplant it outside when it is up to 5 inches tall.