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How to Plant Peach Tree Seeds

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How to Plant Peach Tree Seeds

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Overview

After you plant a peach tree seed it can take up to 3 or 4 years before any fruit begins to bloom. The peaches will typically fruit toward the end of summer and become fully ripe once they appear golden in color. Peaches and peach trees are also susceptible to insects and diseases more than other fruit trees. It's important to care for your seed bed immediately after planting to prevent any future problems occurring in the tree or fruit. It's important to plant in a sunny location that doesn't receive a lot of wind if you are going to grow only one peach tree in your yard. The peach tree can be grown by purchasing a seed at your local garden store or by using the pit from a peach.

Step 1

Wash a peach pit under cool running water and dry it on a paper towel. Place it in an air tight container and store it in room temperature for 4 days. Store the seed in your refrigerator until late fall.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is at 2 inches deep and 3 inches wide during late fall, and place the seed directly in the center of the hole. Cover the hole with the soil that you dug up, and then pack the soil down firmly with your hand or the back of small shovel.

Step 3

Place a marker, such a small flag or stake, near the seed bed so you know where to locate it in spring. Place the marker no less than 6 inches away from the seed bed so that you don't disturb the growth.

Step 4

Place mesh netting around the seed bed to prevent squirrels and other animals from trying dig up the peach pit during the winter. You can also try fencing the seed bed using chicken wire.

Step 5

Wait until the middle of spring to see growth. Start to water the seed bed three to four times a week so that the soil remains moist at least 1 inch deep.

Step 6

Fertilize in the beginning of spring as the seedling grows using 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer. Spread at least a 1-inch layer around the seed bed and fertilize again during the beginning of summer and fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Peach pit
  • Container
  • Paper towel
  • Shovel
  • Stake
  • Mesh netting
  • 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer

References

  • Peach Trees
  • How to Plant Peach Seeds
Keywords: plant peach tree seed, peach pit, peach tree growth

About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.

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