Can a tree be grown from a peach pit?

May 20, 2010|By Ellen Nibali | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Question: A peach tree is coming up in our compost pile. Can we make apple and cherry trees this way, too? We want to start an orchard.

Answer: Some gardeners have luck growing a good peach tree from a peach pit. But in general, Johnny Appleseed notwithstanding, starting fruit trees from seed presents a big problem — you usually end up with an inferior plant after waiting years for it to bear fruit. Fruit trees started from seed are not clones of the "mother tree." They look and grow differently because their genes come from many individuals of the same species. Poor flavor, few fruits, and poor root systems are common outcomes. It is best to purchase grafted fruit trees. These are produced by grafting a known variety (propagated vegetatively) onto a desirable rootstock. You can choose a variety with the characteristics you want and get good results.

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