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Best Tips for Planting Peach Seeds [Easy Steps]

Peaches are prime summer fruits, but they vanish before winter. However, if you know the bigger picture of growing Peach trees from seeds, you can have Peach fruits all year round! 

Extract the inner seed from the pit, collect the seeds in a bag and refrigerate it for four months before planting Peach seeds. Soak the seed in water, add some potting soil, and seal the bag until the root sprouts. Plant the seedlings either indoors or outdoors under 35-50°F.

Peach trees grown from seeds have a greater genetic diversity than those grown from stems, meaning that you can have a wider variety of Peach trees in your garden.

If you want to grow Peach tree from seed successfully, do not skip this article!

What do Peach Seeds Look Like? 

How to grow Peach tree from seeds? This question may have crossed your train of thought after looking at the dense seeds of Peaches.

Usually, the Peach trees bloom during the spring, and the blossoms last till fall.

Peaches’ fruits ripening time may be between June and August, depending on the variety of Peaches.

They take around three years to produce flowers after you sow the seeds. 

The fruits enclose the Peach pit with two layers- the husky outer part and the inner part that looks like an almond. Because of the hard pits, the Peach is also known as a stone fruit.

peach pit-vs-peach-seed
Peach seed is the one that is inside the hard outer pit.

The inner part of the Peach pit, called the kernel, contains hydrocyanic acid, which is poisonous when taken in a high amount.

Here are some general features of a Peach seed.

Seed AttributeFeature
Color Reddish-brown
Length1.3 to 2 cm
WeightFew grams
Harvest timeMay to late September
Seed sowing timeFall
Sowing methodOn soil surface
Germination initiatorCold temperature (35 to 50 degree Fahrenheit)
Germination timeOne to three months

Peach Seeds for Sale 

If you can not make your Peachtree produce seeds, you can buy them from commercial websites, and here are some places you can consider!

Sites Shipping Details
Best Seeds OnlineWithin 10 days
Sheffield's Seed CompanyShipping within 3-4 days
ebayWithin 2 business days

How do you Prepare a Peach Seed for Planting?

After you harvest the Peach seeds, you should store them until December to January, which is the right time to plant the seed.

Before planting, you must collect the materials, including the toothbrush, nutcracker, fungicide, container, and potting mix.

Extract the pit from the fruit, clean it using running water, and use a fungicide to prevent pathogens in the seed.

Alternatively, you can also dip the pit in a one-tenth solution of bleach and water. Leave the pit to dry for three to four days. 

Once the Peach pit is dry, extract the inner seed from the hard outer coating. You can use pliers or nutcrackers to crack the pit, but be alert not to break the inner seed.

Collect the Peach seeds in a plastic bag and place them in the refrigerator at a temperature between 35 and 50° F. 

Also, you need to place the bag in the refrigerator for around four months.

If you need to harvest other houseplants, do not miss to read snapdragon seeds, kalanchoe seeds, bird of paradise seeds, and the string of pearl seeds.

How to Plant a Peach Seed Indoors?

To grow a Peach tree from seed, you should provide cold treatment to the seeds to induce germination.

So, you can begin the germination process about 4 months before the last frost date in the spring.

After finishing the cold stratification, the following will be your next steps! 

  • Pour the seeds into the water for a few hours.
  • Close the bag tightly, and soak the seed in water for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Open the bag, and add all-purpose potting soil and the water title until the soil is damp.
  • Add more soil if the mixture is too moist, and seal the bag tightly.
Alternatively, you can plant the seeds in a pot 12 inches deep or directly into the ground. Besides, you need to provide the seeds with 1 inch of rain or irrigation per week.

The viable seeds will germinate in 4-6 weeks.

After germinating the seeds, wait for the roots to grow to at least 2.5 cm long and plant the seedlings outdoors. 

Transplanting Peach Seedlings Outdoors

Once the seedling grows some leaves, you can initially place the seedling outdoors for two hours.

Then, keep increasing the duration until the plant adapts to external conditions.

  • After your plant adapts well to the outdoors, select an appropriate site with good sun and well-drained soil. 
  • Digging a 3 to 4 inches deep hole will place the root of the Peach seed inside the soil without damaging it.
  • After placing the seedlings in the soil, cover the hole with about an inch of mulch.

 You can see the video below to learn more!

Tips to Care for Peach After Planting

Peach seedlings need a warm, sunny environment with well-draining soil and regular watering.

Ensure the area is free from strong winds, as Peaches are prone to wind damage.

  • Provide Peach plants with full sun for six to eight hours daily if grown indoors.
  • Water the young Peach trees three times a week. If there is already mature Peach, offer 1 and 1.5 inches of water per week.
  • Cold winter temperatures provide the best condition for embryos to mature. So, maintaining 45 degrees Fahrenheit can be the best condition to offer. 
  • Try providing 25 – 60% humidity to let the Peach thrive best. 
  • Also, maintain a loamy,well-draining soil with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 6.5. Adding organic compost to the soil helps boost the growth and health of the plant. 
If you have recently started gardening, you may need to know about different organic composts.
  • In spring, you must apply 0.5 kg of balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer to your newly grown Peach tree. Moreover, use an additional 0.5 kg fertilizer yearly until your plant reaches 3 meters.
Loamy soil is good for a Peach Tree to grow.
  • You can prune the Peach tree every year during late winter or spring when the branches become thick. This helps your plant to receive enough airflow and sunlight.
  • The most common pest is the Peach tree borer, so you need to spray insecticides on the lower trunk of the plant.

FAQs about Planting Peach Seeds

What are the best regions to grow Peach seeds?

USDA Zones 4-10 can be best for Peach, but these plants do well in Zones 6-8.

Do you have to let Peach seeds dry before planting?

It is necessary to dry the Peach pits or seeds before letting them go through the cold stratification to hold mold from growing.

From Editorial Team

Harvest Peach in Summer 

Peach fruits ripen from mid-May to late August. 

Gently grasp the Peach fruits and pull them away from the tree.

Ensure to hold the fruits firmly but not too tightly, as you should to dent them. Then place them in a basket or tray to transport them to a safer place.

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