How to Plant a Peach Tree From a Seed

Overview

There's nothing quite as satisfying as picking and eating fresh peaches from your very own tree in your yard. Starting a peach tree from seed can be an enjoyable, interesting and relatively easy project. With a little knowledge, you can start peach trees from seed in your own home.

Step 1

Make sure your area can support a peach tree. Check the hardiness zone for your area. Because most peaches need a certain amount of chill hours to set fruit, they are usually grown from zone 5 through zone 9.

Step 2

Get your seeds. Seeds can be obtained directly from a local tree, fresh fruit from your grocery or farmer's market or commercial sources such as seed companies. Make sure your seeds are fresh and free of damage or disease. To remove the seed from the pit, open the pit with a nut cracker.

Step 3

Break the dormancy of your seeds. Peach seeds require a certain amount of cold to germinate properly. If you live in areas where temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahreneheit for at least 100 days, you can plant your seeds directly in the ground in the fall. Plant seeds two inches deep in fertile, well-drained soil.

Step 4

If the temperature is not right in your area for direct sowing or you wish to plant in the spring, use a technique call stratification. Place your seeds approximately one inch deep in a container filled with half peat moss and half sand and refrigerate them for 98 to 105 days. Keep the soil from drying out to encourage germination. Once you have broken the dormancy of your seeds, you can plant them after the last frost of spring. Plant seeds two inches deep in fertile, well-drained soil. Look for growth around three weeks after planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Because seeds are produced by pollination from an unknown source, trees from seeds may not always resemble the parent plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic container and lid
  • Soil mixture of 1/2 peat moss and 1/2 sand
  • Nut cracker

References

  • Iowa State University: Germination of Tree Seed
  • Ohio State University: Growing Peaches
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