I just wanted to ask if anyone has any infromation about seeding and
starting fruit trees from the pits? Specifically peach, apricot and
plum? Thank you for any info or even a good reference to find out
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Almost everyone will advise you not to start a good tree from a pit or seed.
The fruit will not be the same as the one it came from. However, I was
given several peach trees that grew when they were thrown into a compost
pile and left over the winter. In the spring, they started coming up, were
potted, given to me and I planted them.
After 3 or 4 years they started having fruit. One tree would ripen and
about a week or 10 days the second would ripen. The fruit tasted good, but
I didn't buy the basket of peaches initially and cant tell you what kind
Buying a tree will give you fruit faster, and you will know what you are
getting. Other wise, go ahead and get the seeds to sprout and plant the new
Not trying to be a smart ass but, since it would seem that such
trees start from a pit somplace, so whats the problem? Are they a
weaker tree, and if so then where does a stronger one come from? I
would think for example that a pit from Apricot variety 'A' would
in-fact produce a tree of Apricot variety 'A' as opposed to variety
'B' or 'C' etc. Just trying to understand as I have planted a few
Apricot seeds and am hoping they sprout, and if not maybe you can
assist in explaining why they will/did not. Thanx...
I'm following this thread with interest. Seems like most people
understand about pollination. When you plant a seed or stone, the
resulting tree is a mix between the original tree and whatever tree
supplied the pollen to do the job. With fruit trees, like Apple, this
produce strange results, like a crab apple pollinating a Red Delicious.
However, with Peaches there is a better chance of good outcome because
Peaches are self fertile. This means that unless there are a bunch of
other Peach trees of different varieties nearby, the original Peach tree
will probably pollinate itself, thus preserving the characteristics of
original tree. What is lost in this process is the ability to regulate
the size of the tree. If you start with a semi dwarf Peach, the planted
stones from that tree will probably develop into a full size Peach tree.
The only way to control its size is to graft a piece of that tree
onto a semi dwarf Peach rootstock. Well, that's the end of my little
tutorial on planting Peach stones. Hope it clears the air.
Midwest Fruit Explorers (MidFEx)
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