My video on germinating peach pits has garnered almost 30,000 views since I posted it back in July:
Since posting that instructional video, I have received multiple comments and emails from people thanking me for showing them how to grow their own peaches from seeds.
My friend Amanda, who is NOT obsessed with me at all, sent me these two pictures recently of her peach sprouting success:
Some years ago I discovered in some dusty corner of the internet that peach pits require cold stratification to germinate.
I put this knowledge to the test with great success, starting about 50 peach pits I found beneath an abandoned and squirrel-ravaged Tropic Beauty peach growing a few miles from my old place in North Florida.
I did this despite the fact that there are hordes of small-minded gardeners in the world who take great pleasure in lecturing everyone about the utter worthlessness of starting fruit trees from seed.
These people are wrong. And boring. And stupid. And they smell.
Here’s a video I did showing some of my seed-grown peach trees in fruit:
And here are two pictures of some of the delicious fruit I got as a result of germinating peach pits in my very own refrigerator:
In their SECOND year, my two seedling peach trees produced about five gallons of fruit. They continued to massively outproduce the grafted peach trees I planted before them, plus they grew with more vigor.
Growing fruit trees from seed isn’t a dumb thing to do. It’s a great thing to do. It’s a YUGE, high energy thing to do.
Sometimes the “experts” aren’t really experts. They’re just people who say things adamantly because they’ve heard other people say the same things.
Heck with that.
Better Gardening Through Experimentation isn’t just a film I made… it’s my modus operandi.
Thanks for the pictures, Amanda, and may your peaches grow and produce abundantly.
Finally, here’s how you germinate peach pits: