So having eaten my crate of peaches from the peach festival I have tons of pits that I am thinking of planting. Do I have to do anything special to get them to germinate? I don't know if they will be true to variety but I would like to try a few.
well just like the apples, most peaches are grafted..so i'm not sure what kind of luck you'll have..hybrids??? anyway..sure give it a try and see what you get..but because odd peach hybrids can be really thorny, don't put them near where children will be..we are talking 3" thorns !!!
i have a couple that died at the grafts and they grew back horribly thorny..i'm going to have the tractor pull them out this spring.
Bloom where you are planted.
Even if the saplings end up looking too thorny, I bet any hybrid vigor in the rootstock & the opportunity to see how well peaches do in so many locations will be good for whatever scion you decide to graft on later
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Brenda, your peaches that died back to the graft and came back thorny were likely grafted onto plum rootstock. Peaches aren't thorny, but some plums certainly are. Around here I have a number of peach trees that grew up from discarded pits. Most of them have good to decent fruit, but an occasional self-sown tree will produce fruit that doesn't ripen well or isn't sweet when ripe.
Pêche de vigne might be what you're thinking about Plankl ?
All the peach trees we have here are Pêche de vigne grown from stones thrown from the terrace into the compost heap. I transplant them if they look like healthy specimens.
The peaches are small but really delicious and the flesh comes away easily from the stone. The only problem I've found is that they do need pruning as the branches tend to crack under the weight of the fruit.