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Stone Fruit

Most seeds from stone fruits including peach, plum, nectarine, and cherry do not reproduce true to the parent. And, some seeds never germinate. We recommend growing several pits at once to increase your odds of success.

Grow a peach from seed

How to grow a peach tree starting with the pit from grocery store stone fruits. The same instructions work for other cold hardy stone fruits including plums, nectarines, and cherries.

This information comes from "The Repurposing Life" page

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Steps: 20 minutes
Days in Fridge: 105 days
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 1 peach tree or plum tree


  • 1 peach or plum, ripe, with pit inside

  • Dish cloth or reusable paper towels

  • Food storage container

  • Marker

  • Flower pot

  • Potting mix

  1. Remove pit from ripe fruit.

  2. Gently scrub pulp from pit until fairly clean.

  3. Place pit in moist (neither wet, nor dry) towel.

  4. Fold towel around pit and place in food storage container or bag.

  5. Label with fruit name and date.

  6. Keep in fridge for approximately 98 to 105 days. Best temperature for peach pits is 1°C to 4°C.

  7. Check pit weekly and moisten towel as needed.

  8. When sprouted, sow pit 2 inches deep in flower pot with organic potting mix.

  9. Continue growing on a sunny window sill until risk of frost has passed. Then gradually introduce plant to outdoor growing conditions where it will remain.

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