If you, for example, plant 200 pits from a Reliance peach tree, the trees that grow from the pits will have tree and fruit characteristics (fruit size, flavor, firmness, appearance) different from the parent tree.  The offspring trees will be different than each other.  Most, if not all, will be poorer than Reliance.  Occasionally a lucky combination occurs that may be better than Reliance. 

This is because the pollen grains produced by a tree differ genetically.  The same is true for the eggs.

It is somewhat similar to people...the offspring are different than the parents and the offspring are different from each other.  However, there will be a family resemblance.

If you want a genetically identical tree to the Reliance, you must graft or bud new trees. 

Bill Shane for the Michigan Peach Sponsors

At 05:56 PM 7/20/2004, you wrote: