Peach seeds

Asked October 14, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

How old can a seed be before it is too old to be planted?

What is the best time of year to plant the seed.

Calhoun County Michigan peach trees

1 Response

Peach seeds differ greatly in how long they remain viable. Properly cared for, some peach seeds will still germinate after several years of storage at room temperature. Typically, after 1 year the ability to germinate declines. Pits that show signs of mold in storage tend to do poorly.

Peach pits normally need a cold treatment (stratification), either by going through the winter outside or in a refrigerator for several months in order to germinate normally. Planted outside you have to protect them from ground squirrels.

You can find quite a lot of information about growing peach trees from pits at the following link:

http://michiganpeach.org/facts/pit.html