Planting Fruit Pits

Overview

All stone fruits contain pits as the seed. Stone fruits include peaches, plums and cherries or any fruit that has a large single seed in the center of a pulpy flesh. According to Colorado State University, planting pits from stone fruits can result in decent trees. However, the resulting fruit that grows from the tree will not be exactly the same as the parent fruit. Planting the pits in the fall will result in seedlings emerging from the soil in the spring.

Step 1

Select the best stone fruits from the tree when the fruit is fully ripe. The exterior of the fruit flesh must be free from any insect defects or damage. Bacterial infection from insect-damaged fruit may ruin the interior fruit pit.

Step 2

Remove all fleshy pulp from the pit seeds. Place the pits into a container.

Step 3

Fill the container with water. Remove all seed pits that float. Keep the seeds that sink to the bottom.

Step 4

Cultivate a row in a garden area with the shovel. Remove all weeds, rocks and errant roots.

Step 5

Plant the pit seeds 4 inches deep and 4 inches apart from each other. Cover the pits with soil. Place a 1-inch layer of mulch over the planted seeds.

Step 6

Water the planting area. Keep the pits moist during the winter season if the weather turns dry. Seedlings will emerge in the spring of the year.

Step 7

Transplant the individual seedlings into separate containers or move them into their permanent location.

Things You'll Need

  • Fruit pit or seed
  • Small sealed container
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Mulch (straw, pine needles or hay)
  • Small planting pot (optional)

References

  • Colorado State University: Starting Peaches from Pits
  • Texas A&M University: Home Fruit Production--Stone Fruits
  • University of Florida: Propagation by Seed
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