Peaches are a sweet, savory treat that are packed with vitamins and minerals. When you eat a peach, and find yourself getting ready to throw away the pit, save it and grow your own peach plant. A peach plant can be grown indoors, as an ornamental house plant, or outdoors, where it can develop into a strong tree and produce peaches. Growing your own peach plant is a fun project for adults and children alike.
Select a healthy fresh peach to harvest the pit from. Wash the peach pit with lukewarm water and use a vegetable brush to remove any peach flesh that may still be on the pit. Allow the pit to dry on the counter overnight.
Place the pit in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator until December. You wait until December because that is the best time to start the cultivating process for spring planting. When December arrives, take the pit out of the refrigerator and soak it in water for six hours.
Fill a gallon size plastic bag halfway with seed starting potting soil. Moisten the soil slightly and then add the peach pit.
Return the bag to the refrigerator for four to six weeks. During this time, check the peach pit to see if it has begun growing a root system.
Select a planter that is at least 8 to 10 inches in diameter and fill it with a quality soil mix. Once you see a root system developing on the peach pit that you have stored in the refrigerator, transplant it into the pot of soil.
Keep the soil moist, but not too wet, and set the plant in a sunny location. Fertilize with fruit tree fertilizer spikes, available at any garden center. The plant can be transplanted to an outdoor location in spring, when all danger of frost has passed.
Direct Sow Outdoors
Clean the peach pit thoroughly with a vegetable brush. This will ensure that you have removed all of the peach fruit from the pit, which will help prevent rotting.
Put the peach pit in a sealed container, such as a plastic bag, and keep it in the refrigerator until mid-September to early October.
Dig a 5 inch hole when the time is right. Pour water in the hole and let it drain out. When selecting the right spot to plant your peach pit, Colorado State University Extension recommends that you plant peach trees with northern or eastern sun exposure. If peach trees are exposed to warm, southern sun exposure temperatures they may bloom too early and then be damaged by a late frost, which would in turn damage any chance of fruit production for that year.
Insert the peach pit into the hole, and cover with dirt. Mix a little sand with the soil to make the soil lighter, which will allow the young roots to spread out easier. Garden sand is available at any home and garden center. Place a small stake at the site where you planted the peach pit, so you will be able to recognize it when it begins to grow in the spring.
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A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.