I busted a peach pit open and have the seed. What are the chances of it growing? What can I do to make it more successful. Thank you, J. M.
It is hard to predict whether or not the seed will germinate. Some peaches will not germinate no matter what you do--it depends on the parents. Seed from early ripening varieties do not germinate.
The seed should be firm, plump with no breaks in the brown covering.
Store the seed in a plastic bag in a refrigerator. The seed should be nearly dry at this point. In approximately December soak the seed in tap water for a few hours, then put the seed into slightly moistened perlite, vermiculite, or peat moss (available from garden supply store) in a plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator & start checking for germination after about 1 1/2 months. If you are fortunate, it will start to develop a root. At that time, transfer to a pot with soil and grow as a normal plant. Plant it outside in the spring when the chance for frost is past.
Generally, the easier way is to not break open the pit. Simply store the pits at room temperature out of the sun, then plant in the fall about 3 inches deep. Mark where you put it so that you can watch for the sprout coming out of the soil in late spring. This system generally works if you live in the northern 2/3s of the United States where the soil temperatures get cold enough. Plant as many as you can of different varieties to increase your chance of getting a seed that will germinate.
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