How to Plant a Peach Tree from a Peach Seed

Overview

Peach trees originated in China several thousand years ago, but are now grown all over the world. Every peach contains a pit, or seed, in the center that is capable of growing into a tree. Most store-bought peaches are specially bred between two or more varieties to produce the best taste possible. If you plant a seed from one of these peaches, the tree will not produce fruit like you are used to, but the result can still turn out very well. Peach trees do well in most climates, but they require special care during the starting stages.

Step 1

Choose a spot to plant the seed in late fall. A spot with northern exposure is best, especially if you live in a cold climate. If the seed is planted in a spot that gets full sun, it may germinate before the last frost of the year and end up dying.

Step 2

Dig a hole 4 inches deep and twice as wide as the width of the seed. Place the seed in the bottom of the hole.

Step 3

Mix equal parts of compost and soil together. Fill in the hole with the mixture.

Step 4

Spread a 1-inch layer of mulch over the planting site. Add just enough water that the soil and mulch are moist to the touch.

Step 5

Check the planting site throughout the winter. If the soil is dry at any point, water it to keep it moist. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you do not have to water the soil until the snow melts and the ground dries.

Step 6

Remove the mulch after the last frost in spring to ensure the sprouting seed can successfully push through.

Step 7

Keep the soil moist all throughout the spring, summer and fall months. Surround the base of the young tree with mulch for the following two winters to help protect the roots from frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Peach seed
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Water

References

  • Colorado State: Peach Pits
  • The Fruit Pages: Peaches
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About this Author

Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.