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I sprouted 4 peach pits from the grocery store.

 
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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 fruit trees 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.
 
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i have had good fortune with my self seeded fruit, so far..so hoping you have good fortune with yours as well
 
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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!
 
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is the reason the nectarine didnot produce well b/c its a product of a hybrid?
 
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I don't know if it was a hybrid.  But two years from seed to edible fruit amazed me.
 
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i find peach seedlings popping up all over the place in the forest garden, i dig them up and either plant them where i want or pot them and use as rootstock.
 
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T. Pierce wrote:
is the reason the nectarine didnot produce well b/c its a product of a hybrid?



yes that is impressive.  i was just referrencing the amount of fruit.  but i guess at that young age even that wasnt bad at all.
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