Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Germinating peach pits - again!

Remember my cartoon on germinating peach pits?

I just finished sprouting another round. This time I stuffed about 60 pits into a bag without shelling any but a few.

Only about 8 germinated, as opposed to the 75%+ germination rate I got when they were shelled. It definitely makes a difference in success if you remove the kernels.

Here are some of the sprouts:


They grew like that in the fridge! Amazing, isn't it?

These were planted directly into the food forest after this photo. I should be getting peaches off the trees within 2-3 years.

Germinating peach pits is EASY! Give it a try - you'll be amazed.

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8 Comments:

At June 24, 2015 at 7:36 AM , Blogger Shel Mcclure said...

All the peaches I've been buying here in Gainesville are coming in from California and Georgia. Do you think I should still try them?

 
At June 24, 2015 at 8:43 AM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

The chill hours on the trees may not be correct for our area; however, there's nothing at all wrong with giving them a try. If they fail to fruit or bloom within a few years, just graft another type on top. No loss.

 
At June 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Jeremy M said...

very cool...I did the same thing with peach and nectarines, germinating them from pits..about 2 months in the fridge packed in peat moss..I got 50% germination..only problem is I forgot to label and now I'm not sure which is which..I've since planted them in my food forest, http://wp.me/p5T25X-4A. not sure if the peaches were local or not so they may not fruit, but like you say, no loss..didn't cost me anything..

 
At June 24, 2015 at 8:57 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

They look good to me... they'll probably fly. And again, just graft if they don't fruit. Seedling nectarines and peaches are INCREDIBLY vigorous.

 
At June 25, 2015 at 7:13 AM , Blogger john mule said...

when i lived in north carolina, the place we rented had a peach tree in the front yard. made the small rock sized peaches.it had a bunch of little seedlings growing around the base. usually id just mow them down.when i decided to move back here i went and dug one up and put it in a 1/2 gallon pot (it was that small) when i got home i unloaded it and let it sit. finally decided to plant it out front. that was about year and a half ago its about 3 ft high now. hopefully it produces peaches. if not the goats love peach leaves lol it'll make goat food :)

 
At June 29, 2015 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Cristy said...

I didn't chill mine, but just stuck them in a pot during peach season. I dug up one to check and it had roots, so I may be able to take my wonderful peach tree with me after all!

 
At June 29, 2015 at 7:38 AM , Blogger Cristy said...

I didn't chill mine, but just stuck them in a pot during peach season. I dug up one to check and it had roots, so I may be able to take my wonderful peach tree with me after all!

 
At June 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM , Anonymous David The Good said...

Excellent!

 

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