How to Plant Peaches From Seeds

Overview

The peach tree is a deciduous tree that is native to China and produces a large juice fruit with a large hard seed in the middle. Most of the United States peach production comes from the state of Georgia, where the peach tree is the state tree. Growing peach trees from the seed can be tricky because each seed may not be a viable seed. You will need to plant several seeds in one location from different trees in order to have a chance to get a healthy tree.

Step 1

Gather up several peach seeds for planting. Remove all of the flesh from the seeds. You can do this by soaking the seed in cool water overnight and then rubbing the peach flesh off of the seed. Place the seed into a glass of ice water or place it in your refrigerator for at least a couple of days. This will simulate winter to the seed so that it will germinate.

Step 2

Prepare the soil for planting. You should plant your seeds after the last threat of frost. Add a layer of rich, organic compost to the soil and mix it together with a rake.

Step 3

Dig a hole approximately 4 inches deep and place the seeds inside. Cover the seeds with the original soil or with a good all-purpose potting soil. Mark the place where you have planted your seed. You will want to watch this location to see if the seeds grow. Plant the peaches 4 inches apart in the rows. You can thin the peaches out once they begin to establish themselves.

Step 4

Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch on top of the seeds. The mulch will help the soil to retain water and will help fight weeds. You can also use yard clippings such as grass clippings and leaves on top of the soil.

Step 5

Water your seeds daily with approximately an inch of water. You want to keep the ground moist but not saturated.

Step 6

Check your seeds after eight weeks. It will generally take the peach seeds two months to germinate and begin growing. It may take a few more weeks than that so do not uncover the seeds to see if they are growing. Be patient with them and allow them to come up on their own. If you do not see any signs of a plant within three months, then you may check on the seeds and re-plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Peach seeds
  • Compost
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Starting Peaches From Pits
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Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.