Peach trees are a bit particular in their needs. This deciduous tree thrives in summer heat and winter cold and is hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9. Started from seed, the peach tree will not produce fruit exactly the same as the parent and will not produce at all until its third year, but the wait will be well worth it when you harvest your first bushel of peaches. Peach cobbler, homemade peach ice cream and peach flambe will all take on new meaning when the peaches are fresh from the tree. Start your peach seed in the winter so that you can plant it in the landscape in the spring.
Soak the peach seed in a bowl of water for 24 hours.
Moisten a mixture of 1/3 peat moss and 2/3 sand and push the peach seed into it. Place the covered seed in a plastic bag, seal it, poke three small ventilation holes in the bag and place it in the refrigerator.
Allow the peach seed to remain refrigerated for three months, checking the soil periodically to ensure that it remains moist. The seed should begin to sprout during this process.
Choose a planting location for the peach seed. It should be in full sun and have an eastern or northern exposure, according to the experts at Colorado State University.
Pour 3 inches of sand and 3 inches of compost onto the planting area. Till the amendments to a depth of 12 inches, making sure that they are mixed completely into the existing soil.
Remove the covered seed from the bag and plant the entire bundle (the seed and surrounding media) in a hole that is 1 1/2 inches deep. Cover the seed with peat moss.
Water the planting area until the top 3 inches of soil is moist. Water again only if the weather is particularly dry. Your peach seed should sprout within four weeks.