Peaches can add delight to summer days when they are picked fresh from trees in your own yard. Peaches provide vitamin A and C. They also contain potassium and fiber. Peach trees are typically propagated from softwood cuttings that are taken in the early summer. However, they can also be taken from semi-hardwood cuttings taken in the later parts of the summer or early fall. If you are planning to start your own home orchard of peach trees it is much easier to start from cuttings rather than seed.
Begin looking at your peach trees to find cuttings you can propagate new trees from in the morning hours in early summer. Choose a new shoot from that season that is about the width of a pencil and can easily be snapped from the tree.
Sterilize your pruning scissors by cleaning them with rubbing alcohol as you cut shoots from different trees to prevent the spread of disease. Use your scissors to cut a 6-inch-long shoot from your tree.
Cut off the leaves from the lower half of your new peach cutting. Cut any larger leaves at the top of your cutting in half. This enables the plant to use its water supply to develop roots.
Put about 1/2 teaspoon of rooting hormone into a paper cup. Dip the end of your peach cutting into the rooting hormone for 30 seconds. Rooting hormone will not only help your plant to develop roots, but can protect it from nematodes. Peach trees tend to be susceptible to nematodes in the soil. Discard the paper cup when you are done.
Add equal parts of sterile potting soil and perlite to a 10-inch pot. Bury the bare half of your cutting in the soil. Moisten the soil with water. Place a plastic bag over your cutting to increase humidity around your plant. Put the plant in an area where it will get indirect sunlight. You can transplant your tree outdoors the following spring.