I posted this blog two years ago and had a request from my friend Ruth wanting to know how to spout peach and apricot seeds. I thought I would re-post it for her and anyone else who wanted to try it. Of those I spouted two years ago, I ended up with about 60 little trees which I gave away. I have another batch of seeds chilling in the refrigerator so I can start over and sprout more. This is a good time to save some seeds from a native tree from you area that you know has great fruit. Then you can get busy on this wonderful project. Here is my previous blog.
Happy Surprise this morning! One of my Loring peach seeds sprouted during the night. I have been working for 9 weeks on these little trees, there are 17 apricot trees and the one Loring peach so far. It is almost as good as raising puppies!
You can sprout an apricot, peach or nectarine seed and they come out true to the mother tree. No grafting needed on these. Here are the steps:
1. Save seed from a good native tree,
2. Remove little kernel inside the outer hard seed with a hammer, don’t damage it.
3 Wrap kernels in a wet paper towel and put in refrigerator for 6 to 10 weeks, until a little root starts to pop out. (be very patient) This cooling period is necessary.
4. Plant kernels in small buckets filled with potting soil, cover with plastic bags. Set on a warm porch and check often to keep moist but not too wet. When green sprouts pop up, set in a place with morning and late afternoon sun.
5. After about 3 months or more transplant into gal. size buckets.
6. I keep them for a year before I give them away so they will have a good start. I still have Indian peach seeds that started from my daddy’s trees 50 years ago. I have Indian, Loring, Princess, and seeds from the FLDS orchard, chilling in the refrigerator. They will be ready to plant in another few weeks.
I lost my large fruit trees last year when they sprayed for prickly pear over at the farm.so I am starting over. Plant a tree wherever you go, you will enjoy it and those who come after you will enjoy it also.