Peach trees can be propagated by taking cuttings in early summer, when the branches are still pliable. These cuttings are then rooted and kept in a protected location until the start of the next growing season. Propagating peach trees from cuttings is a simple and economical way to add more fruit trees to your yard or garden. It takes a little longer for the trees to become established, but the money saved makes it well worth the effort.
Choose a branch that is flexible and covered with healthy leaves. Clip off a 6- to 12-inch piece of the branch. Remove the leaves from the bottom 3 inches of the cutting.
Use a sharp knife to remove a thin layer of bark from each side of the bottom of the cutting.
Dampen the bottom of the cutting with water and dip into rooting hormone, taking care not to inhale any if you are using a powder.
Fill a planting container three-fourths of the way with vermiculite. Place the bottom 3 inches of the cutting into the vermiculite and add just enough water to moisten.
Cut the bottom of a 2-liter soda bottle and place it over the entire container. Mist the cutting two to three times a day to keep it moist. Move the pot to a bright location, but keep it out of direct sunlight.
Transplant the cutting to a larger container filled with potting soil once the roots have developed. Continue to provide the new planting with moisture and sunlight until early spring when it can be planted outdoors.