Tom Grom wrote:Hi. Our family is contemplating growing some stone fruit from seeds as well! We have been enjoying peaches, nectarines, plums, and plum/apricot hybrids from our local Southern California farmers market (they’re actually grown in Reedly, CA) and want to try to plant some seeds.
How do you plan to approach this, Steve? Direct seeding in the ground? In containers? Natural stratification or ?? Maybe it starts with finding local neighbors who successfully grow peaches and collect seeds from them? What’s your plan?
As you may be able to tell, this is my first post, as I have just been “lurking” for the past few months trying to glean some gardening wisdom. This topic enticed me to take the leap to active participation.
bruce Fine wrote:im interested in seeing how they being transplanted this time of year. ive in the past had best luck transplanting trees in dormancy. also have eaten preaches from trees that were the result of animals spreading peach pits
May Lotito wrote:My peach tree is growing very fast from pit but I don't have high expectation for the taste of fruit. I am not too impressed by the peaches/nectarines in store, they are hard like stone and flavorless. I will see if I can buy some donut peaches to grow more trees.
Tom Grom wrote:I found your youtube video when you were planting the peach pits/seeds, which appears to be from February. Between Summer 2019 and February 2020, where did you keep the pits? I imagine February in North Carolina provides plenty of chill hours in case the seeds had not already been cold stratified. I am under the impression that cold stratification helps with peach germination. What is your experience with this?
While you mentioned not watering the peach seedlings, I did notice an irrigation trough around the raised bed, which may help wick water into the soil, keeping a certain level of moisture in the bed (so long as there is some water to wick)? You also mention wanting to seed them in their final location next time rather than in somewhat of a nursery area then to transplant them to another spot. I think I may have more luck planting a bunch of pits in one irrigated raised bed or the like in order to have somewhat more consistent moisture and fertility, as opposed to planting them sporadically in places that may have sufficient room for a future tree but don't yet have quality soil or moisture.
I'll update you with how we go about planting them and can post photos if we succeed in growing something.
Mark Reed wrote:I like to direct plant in the spot where they will grow permanently. I just put five or six seeds about six inches apart from each other and cover them up with boards, an old rug or even big flat rocks. I don't save the seeds, I just plant them as soon as the fruit has been harvested, at the same time that nature does it. Early the next spring I pull off the covering and have a bare spot with the seeds still there. When they sprout I thin down to just to two or three and thin again to just the best one. Extras can be potted up and sold. With peaches especially, they sometimes take two years so if none sprout just cover them back up the next fall.
We have wild peaches that grows here, some people call them Indian Peaches but I'm pretty sure peaches are not native to North America so they have to have gone wild from old trees. Anyway they are small, some only about the size of golf balls and the seeds are big. But that little bit of peach has more flavor than a bushel of store bought peaches. I interplanted some with named varieties that grow good here and it will a few years till I know what I get but should be fun to see what the new trees produce.
Artie Scott wrote:Steve, a question on planting - better to plant the whole fruit in the ground, as nature would, or eat the peach then plant the stone?
Steve Thorn wrote:When I plant my seeds in the summer or autumn they sprout the next spring.
Abraham Palma wrote:You are assuming that whatever sensors a tree has for measuring temperature, and whatever logic is ingrained in their DNA for measuring the hours are the same in their seeds, which might not be the case.
Steve Thorn wrote:That's a really neat observation Alcina!