Hi Toby, I've asked this before but I'd like to get your take on it. Will pit fruits grown from seed breed true, and if so, can they be left unpruned without growing so tall they fruit is out of reach. Also, if one grafts a tree grown from seed, isn't that a form of pruning that will require the tree to be forever pruned? Thanks.
Most stone fruits grow more or less true from seed, unlike apples and pears. They may reach a different height than the parent tree, since they aren't grafted to a controlled rootstock. Seedling plums tend to be thorny and tall, so grafting them gets you a more useful tree, but seedlings can grow very vigorously and self-select for your local conditions, so they have their advantages too.
here where we have acerage to play with so it doesn't really matter if you get a dud, I've planted several trees from seed/pit/nut. I've so far been fairly happy with the results, although probably not a known fruit, in most cases, still very edible. My self seeded apple that is the largest and closest to my house has really good eating apples and it bears very very heavily each year (unless it freezes late)..the one that is beyond my pond, has the wierdest dry apples, but if they are picked as soon as they ripen, they are still quite juicy and very tasty..totally different than I've ever seen.
I tend to grab seeds, fruit and nuts off of whatever trees, shrubs, etc that I'm around as we have a 10 acre oldfield that I throw them out into, this year I have thrown out berries for the birds as well as plums, oaks, mtn ash, apples, pears and others..hopefully some of those will grow. Sister in law last year gave me two peaches she grew from seeds from the trees in her yard near Toledo..always a surprise what you get..but that is half the fun.
Bloom where you are planted.
My firsthand experience with this is limited to plums. The grafted variety grows from a seed, or at least it looks and tasted the same to me. I have been told this is the case for alls tone fruits. I assume it is true for apricots, but don't know for sure. I think someone ought to find a more certain source of info on this; mine was from a very experienced Colorado orchardist, but ya never know.