Grow a Peach Tree from Seed

All the research I’d done for growing a peach tree from seed said you had to do a few months of cold stratification in order for the seed to germinate. I found a short cut of this process that goes from seed germination to a pot in 14 days. Here’s my journey for growing a peach tree from a store bought peach!

Peach Tree Part 1 – Germinate and Plant in 14 days
Peach Tree Part 2 – Weeks 2-8

Oct 28th, 2020
1. Extract the peach seed from the peach pit. I used a channel lock wrench to break open peach pit while covering it with a paper towel.
peach seed extraction

2. Place the seed in a cup of water over night. This makes the seed coating easier to peel.
Peach Seed in Water

October 29th, 2020
3. Peel the peach seed coating the next morning. Scrape it with your fingernail and then peel it off in parts. Careful with the pointy end as that is where the root will begin to grow.
Peel the Peach Seed coating

Peach seed coating removed

4. Place the peach seed in a container with a paper towel on the bottom.
Place the peach seed in container

5. Cover the Peach seed with damp paper towel.
Cover peach seed with damp paper towel

6. Place the lid back on but do not close it all the way so air can get in.
Put lid on container

7. Cover with a dark towel.
Cover container with towel

November 5th, 2020
1 week update: The seed has split and the root tip is forming on right side.
Peach seed 1 week update

November 8th, 2020
Day 10 update: I turned the container around and now the root is on the left. Root growth on the left and the seed split is forming leaves.
Peach 10 day update

November 12th, 2020
Day 14 update: Good root growth and moving to a pot. Peach seedling is currently all yellow.
Peach seedling 14 days

Peach Seedling in the pot

November 17th, 2020
Day 19 – Turning from yellow to green (after 5 days in a pot).
Day 19 yellow to green

November 24th, 2020
Day 26 – More green with new leaf/stalk growth.
Peach day 26

Peach seedling day 26

Free Blackberry Plants – Tip Layering Blackberries

Tip Layering Blackberries / Tip Rooting Blackberry Plants.
Back in April 2020 I received 4 Natchez blackberry plants and built a small raised row down my fence line and planted them. They have done very well since then. Growing from only 4-6 inch small plants to today being over 6 feet tall!

Natchez Blackberry plants in the soil
4 Natchez Blackberry plants in the soil

They have side shoots and other canes that are reaching over down to the ground and ready for propagation by tip layering. If the tip of the cane touches the ground they will start growing roots and you will have a new blackberry plant that you can then separate from the vine and transplant someplace else or give to a neighbor.

September 29th, 2020
Here they are bending side to side but 2 are still over 6 feet tall and the other 2 are over 5 feet high.

Natchez Blackberry Plants 6 feet tall
Natchez Blackberry Plants 6 feet tall

Start by selecting a shoot or cane that can easily be brought to ground level and into a pot. Fill the pot 1/2 full with good quality soil and then take the cane and trim off the leaves near the end.

Tip layering trim leaves
Tip layering trim leaves

Place the tip into the pot.

Tip layering place in pot
Tip layering place in pot

Back fill the pot with more soil to hold in place.

Tip layering back fill dirt
Tip layering back fill dirt

I had several canes that were good candidates for tip layering so I ended up doing 7 pots that I will replant and share a few with friends.

7 tip layered blackberry plants
7 tip layered blackberry plants

November 24th, 2020
8 weeks later the tip has rooted and it has come back up thru the soil.

Tip Layer 8 weeks
Tip Layer 8 weeks later with tip coming up thru soil