How to Propagate Peach Trees From Seeds


Nothing says "summer" like biting into a fresh, juicy peach. So its hard to fight the temptation to plant a few once you get hold of a particularly delicious batch. With your own home crop, you can enjoy fresh peaches, peach ice cream, peach cobbler and make a few batches of peach jam to hold you through the off-season. But before you plant those pits, make sure that the variety you're tasting grows well in your area. Get in touch with local peach farmers at your nearby farmers market or contact your local county extension office to find the peach variety that's right for you.

Step 1

Prepare the peach's seed bed. Use a shovel to dig out a circle, centered on the planting area, that is 5 to 6 feet in diameter and roughly 1 foot deep. Loosen the soil and remove any plant debris or rocks that you encounter along the way. If necessary, add any soil amendments recommended by a soil test and mix them in evenly into the soil.

Step 2

Scrub and rinse the peach pit to remove any traces of flesh. Allow it to dry overnight. Then use a file or piece of rough sandpaper to file away a small section of the top layer of the peach pit's hull. Do not file so deep that you penetrate the brown seed coat beneath the hull (you may have to sacrifice one seed to determine how deep to file).

Step 3

Plant three to four peach pits in the center of the planting area. Plant each peach pit 3 to 4 inches deep and 4 inches apart. If more than one peach pit germinates, cull the weakest seedlings by cutting them off at the soil level.

Step 4

Cover the planting area with 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch but keep it a few inches away from the peach pits themselves.

Step 5

Water the peach pits to a depth of 1 to 2 inches so that the soil is moist well below the peach pits. Continue to keep the soil moist with regular watering (feel the soil to see if it's dry before watering) as long as the weather is above freezing and there is no snow on the ground. The peach pits will germinate in spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Peach pits
  • Soil test
  • Shovel
  • Organic mulch


  • Ohio State University: Growing Peaches and Nectarines in the Home Landscape
  • Colorado State University: Starting Peaches from Pits
  • The Florida Times-Union: Growing a Tree from a Peach Pit Takes Patience
  • Michigan Peach Sponsors: What will happen if I Plant a Peach Pit
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