How do you grow nectarines from seeds?


Quick Answer

Stone fruits, such as peaches and nectarines, retain the properties of the parent tree when grown from the seed. The seeds must have cold exposure in order to sprout. To protect them from squirrels looking for food, use the refrigerator to store the seeds for four months.

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  1. Crack the seed

    Allow the pit to dry for a week before attempting to crack it. Use a vise or nutcracker to remove the hard outer shell from the pits.

  2. Keep the seed moist and cool

    Soak the seed for 8 to 12 hours in water. Place it in a jar filled with moist potting soil and close the lid. Put the jar in a remote corner of the refrigerator. The seeds are ready to plant when white roots start to appear.

  3. Prepare the planting mound

    Create a mound of dirt about 3 feet in diameter and 1 foot tall. Plant the seed approximately 3 inches deep. Keep the soil moist until the new tree appears.

  4. Prune and mulch as needed

    Avoid pruning as much as possible for the earliest fruit production. Remove only dead leaves and broken or dead limbs, as well as limbs that are growing too low. Add 2 inches of mulch annually, keeping the material clear of the tree trunk.

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