wayne fajkus wrote:If you want to start in pots, put them in the fridge, inside a ziploc bag. After the appropriate chill hours, they will sprout.
I haven't tried it first hand but it makes sense. The one drawback i can think of is confusion by the plant. If it sprouts and its not when nature would do it.....
Judith Browning wrote:You might find something helpful here https://permies.com/t/23607/Propagating-Blood-cling-Peaches
Bryant RedHawk wrote:The ideal method is to go out in the fall (before the first frost) and play squirrel, what I mean by that is that you will take your peach pits and go plant them in the soil (plant as deep as the pit is tall) then mark that spot somehow so you will know where you planted.
Dig the hole then lay the pit on its side and cover with the soil. (I use surveyor flags to mark tree seeds)
From that point, just walk away, you will come back the next spring to see how many germinated.
Peaches grown in tree nurseries are placed in buckets of moist sand and set in a walk in fridge for 60 days to stratify them, this fridge is not a constant temp but it is moved from 30 f to 45f every so often so nature is mimicked.
It is far easier to just let nature do this step for you and just as reliable.
The freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw cycle allows the germ to split open the pit in the spring so it can grow into a peach tree.
The ideal time to plant a peach pit is after the peach has been eaten.
If you happen to get some peaches that are too ripe to eat, just dig a shallow pit and place the whole peach in the pit and pull the soil back around the rotting peach.
Nature will do the rest for you.
That elementary school tree seed was most likely an avocado pit and it was suspended by tooth pick in a glass of water, no additives needed.