How to Plant a Peach Tree From Seed

Overview

Peach trees can be easy to grow from seeds once the seeds have fully germinated. This consists of growing the seedling in your house before planting outdoors in early spring. Peach seeds are planted and grown similarly to other fruit trees but don't require as much care as some. Peaches tend to bloom much earlier on the tree than fruits of other trees. When deciding to grow a peach tree in your lawn, you need to make sure you can also prevent pests and animals from harming the growth of your seedling.

Step 1

Purchase peach tree seeds from your local garden store or nursery. You can also use the pits from peaches if you prefer. Make sure to plant 2 to 3 seeds for each tree you want to grow.

Step 2

Wash the seeds in cool running water, and place them in an airtight container. Place the container in your refrigerator overnight.

Step 3

Prepare your soil in a mediumsize house plant pot that is at least 14 inches in diameter. Add 4 cups of peat, 4 cups of sand and 4 cups of compost to the pot, and mix it all together. Add more depending on the size of your pot. Make sure there are 8-inch diameter holes in the pot to allow for proper drainage.

Step 4

Dig at least a 1/2-inch deep hole in the soil of your pot, and insert the seeds. Cover the seeds with the soil, and pack down the soil tightly. Add a 1/2 cup of water to the seed bed immediately.

Step 5

Keep your plant on a window sill or where there is plenty of sunlight. Continue watering the soil 1 to 2 times a day or whenever the soil is dry. After 8 weeks, you should see the seedling begin to sprout.

Step 6

Transplant the seedling outdoors in a location that has plenty of sunlight and room for growth. Dig a hole that is two times bigger than the root ball, and insert the seedling into the hole. Water the seedling immediately so that the soil is moist at least 1-inch deep.

Step 7

Continue to maintain and water your tree each year. During the second year of growth, you should start to see peaches bloom in late spring. Apply a 1/4-inch layer of organic fertilizer at the beginning of each season.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 peach seeds
  • 4 cups peat
  • 4 cups sand
  • 4 cups compost
  • 14-inch diameter pot
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Organic fertilizer

References

  • Plant a Peach Seed: Indoor Germination
  • Starting Peaches from Pits
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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.