Wash and scrub the peach pit under tap water and dry overnight. This removes all the fleshy material from the pit. Molding can occur if allowed to remain.
Growing your own peach tree from a peach pit is a fun project for the whole family. The process is easy and can be started anytime. Germinating several peach pits is best as not all pits will grow into peach trees. The tree will produce peaches in three to five years but will not be exactly like the peach it came from. This article will show you the easy steps to growing a peach tree from a peach pit.
Things You'll Need
- Peach pit
- Moist soil
- Plastic bags
Store the dried pit in a plastic bag in your refrigerator. The pit should be nearly dry to avoid molding, though condensation in the bag is essential. Keep stored until mid winter.
Remove the peach pit from the refrigerator and soak in water for three to five hours. Place the pit in slightly moistened soil, within a plastic bag. Fertilizer at this stage is not necessary. Return to the refrigerator. Rooting should begin in six weeks.
Plant the rooting pit indoors once the root is at least a half inch long. Once the chance for frost has past, you can plant outdoors. Plant the peach pit four inches deep in moist soil using a basic fertilizer. This should be planted in a sunny location. The position of the peach pit will not matter. You should see the sprout by late spring!
Tips & Warnings
- This is a great project for small children.
- Try several peach pits at once.
- Try pits from different peaches.
- Plant near other fruit trees and start your own mini orchard!
- Do not over water the pit in the refrigerator.
- Squirrels like to eat these, be on the lookout.
- Photo Credit http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/
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