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Can You Grow a Peach Tree From a Peach Pit?

Can you grow a peach tree from a peach pit? You sure can! In fact, you can grow most fruit trees from seed and it’s a great way of growing lots of fruit trees for free.

David the Good wrote a great tutorial on growing peach trees from seed. I’ve pasted his video below. He says germinating peach pits is amazingly easy! You can read the full article here.

This is a photo his friend sent him of her germinated peach seeds:

planting a peach pit sprouts photo credit david good grow network
Photo credit: Amanda, David the Good’s friend, found at The Grow Network.

Can You Grow a Peach Tree From a Peach Pit?

Definitely. You can grow pretty much any fruit tree from seed.

The thing to keep in mind is that peach seeds need cold stratification to germinate. Cold stratification is the process of simulating nature, where a seed gets a very cold winter before the warm spring hits.

David mentions there are 6 ways of cold stratification.

  1. Cold water soaking
  2. Refrigeration
  3. Planting in the fall
  4. Planting in winter
  5. Snow planting
  6. Outdoor treatment

Many people will tell you it’s not worth starting a fruit tree from seed. They say they don’t fruit well, the fruit doesn’t taste nice, etc.

In my experience, growing fruit trees from seeds is a great way to grow them. Yes, not all of them are great, but most of them are great and some of them are exceptional.

Seed-grown fruit trees are often tougher, more resilient, and adapt better to their environment.

Grafted fruit trees will forever have a weak spot around the graft site.

You’ll often see growth coming from below the graft, and often this growth is faster and tougher than the growth above the graft. That’s because the “bottom” part of the grafted tree is seed-grown, which means it’s tougher and grows better.

The only reason for buying a grafted fruit tree is if you want to get a specific type of fruit, like an Emperor mandarin or a Hass avocado, for example. You can grow avocados from seed too, they take a while to germinate, but they grow very quickly.

In poor soil, my seed-grown avocado fruited in 5 years. I now have great soil and my 1,5-year-old avocado, grown from seed, is over 7ft tall and I have no doubts it will produce its first fruits this year.

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My seed-grown avocado tree this year!

How to Germinate a Peach Seed

David started with 50 peach pits he found underneath a Tropic Beauty Peach in Florida.

You can see in the video above how he did it. He also created a cartoon image with the steps involved:

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Photo credit: the Grow Network

Here’s his video showing you some of the peach trees that he grew from a peach pit.

He germinated his peach pits in the fridge, look how lovely the resulting fruit is!

David’s peach trees produced amazingly well. It’s almost hard to believe, but in their second year, they produced 5 gallons of peaches. He mentioned the seed-grown peaches grew better and faster than his grafted trees, and they produced more fruit.

Growing Peach Trees

Peach trees need a certain number of chill hours per year to fruit well. In the tropics, we often don’t get enough chill hours. Most peaches grow well in zones 6-9 (check your zone on the USDA Zoning Map).

Look for peach varieties that are low-chill. Here’s a list of peaches and peach-like fruits that are low-chill:

Micro-climates also help when you’re trying to grow fruit trees that aren’t “suited” to your climate. Read more about micro-climates and food forests.

Germinating Fruit Trees In the Compost Pile

One more tip.

Seeds often germinate well in the compost.

I guess it’s warm, soft, moist, and nutritious. I’ve tried to sprout mango seeds in pots many times, but the most successful way of growing them from seed is to simply dump them in the compost pile. They nearly all sprout.

The hardest part of this is that you often don’t know which tree the seed came from. Unless you mark each one, you’ll end up with 100s of seedlings of unknown type. I guess there are worse problems to have.

Where to Get the Peach Pits to Germinate?

A friend’s or someone else’s yard is your best bet. Locally grown trees are adapted to your climate and make great germinating stock.

Farmer’s markets are a great place too. Supermarket-bought fruit also often sprouts, but they may be GMO no-sprout varieties. They’re all worth a go though, it doesn’t take much more work to germinate 50 seeds than it does 10!

What do you think about growing peach trees from seed? Are you going to try it?

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Mitzi

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Can you germinate plum seeds in the same way as peach seeds? Is there a kernel inside the plum seed? Thank you very much.

Elle

Sunday 31st of July 2022

Hi there Mitzi! Yes, you can most certainly germinate plums just like peach seeds! For plums, don't crack the seed open. Follow the stratification instructions (checking on them every now and then to make sure they haven't germinated yet) in the same way as the peach, then plant it in a pot or the ground. It is best to get the seed nice and clean before you put it into the fridge - remove all the pulp, etc. Good luck! Elle

Scott

Friday 22nd of July 2022

I'm confused, when mentioning the "pit" is it actually the "kernel" or the outer two casing of the seed that we need to be working with? Thank you!

Elle

Sunday 24th of July 2022

Hi Scott! You can do either! David the Good (whose video is in the article) recommends cracked the pit open (carefully) and germinating the kernel inside. However, you can most certainly plant the whole thing (outer casing included) but the germination rate may be lower.

If you have lots of peaches, you could simply throw all the pits in a corner of the garden or in a pile of compost. If you are working with a limited amount or you want better germination rates - crack the outer casing open carefully and plant the kernel itself.

Hope that helps :) Elle

Rebecca

Sunday 10th of July 2022

We just ate a peach from The Peach Truck to find its pit contains a sprouting seed. Can that be planted in a pot now, or should it go into a bag of dirt and placed in the fridge first? These peaches received a deep cold water treatment to survive their deliveries, so my guess is that process jump started their germination.

Elle

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Hi Rebecca! If the seed is already sprouting (such luck!), definitely plant it in a pot straight away. Choose a smallish pot - no larger than 5". If it hasn't developed leaves yet, you can cover the entire pot in a plastic bag to keep the humidity high inside. As soon as it develops leaves, open the bag so it doesn't mold or rot, and eventually take the bag off altogether. Let us know how you go, how exciting!

Bill

Monday 26th of July 2021

I overwintered 5 seeds in my refrigerator then planted them in April. One has flourished and is almost 2 feet tall already! I did not plant the others deep enough. I am saving many more seeds this winter, and I am planning to plant all the seeds I get from the Red Haven Peach Tree in my yard. (This is it’s first year producing fruit.)

Great article! Love the pictorial!

Elle

Monday 16th of August 2021

Wow, that's amazing Bill! Can you tell us how deep you planted the ones that are flourishing?

Mona

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Hi zone 8A Texas. i have a tree growing from my compost in a raised garden bed i think its a peach tree its about a year old. This year i have 2 more i think peach growing from my compost pile should i repot the newly growing? . No idea which variety it is . How can i find out if it is a peach tree? Can i send u pics? Do i have to graft it?

Elle

Monday 26th of April 2021

Hi there Mona! Generally, peach pits don't sprout quite that easily, but it's definitely possible, of course. Peach pits really need a fair amount of time in "cold" to get them to sprout, which is why you'd put them in the fridge before sprouting. They need a certain number of "chill hours", although there are low-chill varieties out there. I have a couple of "low-chill" varieties growing, but they're all grafted.

When you grow them from seed, there's no way to tell which variety they are, and they usually revert back to a strong "base" variety. Seed-grown varieties are used as the base tree for a grafted variety, because they're strong, disease-resistant, and super hardy.

You definitely don't have to graft it. Seed-grown fruit trees are super tough and will generally set fruit. All my avocado trees are seed-grown and they grow beautiful fruit.

The reasons why many people do prefer grafted varieties are that you can guarantee you're growing a certain variety. Like with my peach trees, I really need a low-chill variety to do any good here in the heat. Some people also want dwarf trees - that's something you cannot get from a seed.

How big is your tree? If it's a seedling, it may be hard to tell if it's a peach or not but once they get a bit bigger they do have a fairly distinct leaf shape - although many stone fruit can look similar.

You're very welcome to upload your pics here - if I can't tell, maybe one of the other readers can!