I did not know if I should break open the pits or not, so at first I didn't.
I let them sit in a damp baggie of soil all winter inside but nothing grew. This is the same, basically, as the wintersown: you take a baggie of damp potting soil, add the seeds, and seal it to keep it damp.
Because nothing grew I gently broke open the pits with a hammer and I planted the kernals that I did not break: I now have 4 sprouted seedsin pots on my back deck.
I have bought conservation grade American Plums, which are now growing well. Conservation grade peaches? Well, why not? I will plant these out, by and by. I meant to plat the sprouted plants directly into the ground, with flags to mark the spots, but life happened and there was no time for it. So they will spend a little time in pots first.
I am aware that fruittrees do not come true from seeds, but I am enjoying the seedling apples that I bought (they were intended as root stock). Some of the trees have good fruit, though not all of them do.
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 9 years ago
Once, sitting on the back steps waiting for the BBQ to get ready, i was eating a nectarine, and just tossed the stone into a patch of dirt between the cement and the fence. Next year, a seedling sprouted, and reached 3-4 feet. The next year, it was 5-6 feet with some branches that I never pruned. The following year, I ate the lone nectarine that grew from it! I could not believe it! The nectarine was not sweet, but in subsequent years, they (few) were. I probably could have bought a $40 tree at a nursery with less results!