Growing Your Own Peach Tree

Growing Your Own Peach Tree

The peach trees are sprouting! How exciting would it be to save stones from your favorite peach and grow your very own peach tree? It’s not just a delightful project for schools but also a wonderful opportunity for kids to pick fresh organic peaches. Imagine the joy of biting into a peach that you’ve grown from a tiny stone!

Choose the Right Peach

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When selecting a peach to grow, opt for one that is ripe during the school term, hardy, and free from leaf curl. A locally grown heritage variety would be your best bet. One such peach that we recommend is the River peach – a small fruit with greenish skin, white flesh, and a remarkable sweetness. It’s the type of peach that thrives even in the cold, wet Otaki gorge, making it hardy and ideal for your garden.

Enjoy Peaches with Less Fungus

Peaches grown from stones are less susceptible to fungus, making them an excellent choice for areas with high rainfall. If you live in such an area and want to enjoy peaches without the hassle of dealing with leaf curl, growing peaches from stones is definitely worth a try. It’s also a great way to reproduce your favorite peach or experiment with Grandma’s favorite variety. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not give apricots a go as well?

Growing Your Own Peach Tree

Planting the Stones

There are a few methods you can try when it comes to planting peach stones. The simplest way is to plant them directly in the ground during harvest time. However, it’s essential to mark the spot because self-seeded trees are not guaranteed. If you have good drainage throughout winter and spring, this method could work well for you.

If direct planting doesn’t yield the desired results, you can pot up the stones at harvest instead. Crack the stones open gently, revealing the kernel inside. Pot the kernel in a free-draining mixture, using a combination of river sand and homemade compost. Sprinkle some leaf litter on top. Keep the pot outside, ensuring it doesn’t get excessively wet or attract rats. In a few months, you’ll see the shoots emerging.

Once the seedling tree outgrows its pot, you can transfer it to a larger one. If the tree is sturdy and measures around 30cm, you can plant it in your garden the following winter. Whether or not you need to stratify the seed in the fridge over winter or crack the stone depends on your specific growing environment and the peach variety. Feel free to experiment and find a method that works best for you!

Remember, starting with the simplest and most natural approach is always a good idea. Happy peach growing!

Dedicated to Flo.

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