How long do peach tree seeds take to germinate?

Updated March 23, 2017

Starting a peach tree from a pit is an easy project, but it requires patience. Peach seeds are slow to germinate and the trees are slow to bear fruit. Plant the peach seed in the fall.

Preparing the Seed

Make sure you get all of the peach fruit off of the seed. If you don't, it will rot when the seed is planted. After you scrub the pit, soak it for 24 hours in a bowl of water, then wrap it in moist peat moss, place it in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for 60 days.


Preparing the germination bed properly is the key to germination of peach seeds. Mix 2 inches of sand and 2 inches of compost into the soil in a sunny garden location. Plant the seed 2 inches deep and cover it with peat moss.


Keep the top 4 inches of soil moist at all times while the peach seed germinates. The peach seed will not germinate until the following spring, so mark the planting location clearly so you don't forget where you planted the pit.

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