[NAFEX] Exploring Hardy Peaches

mIEKAL aND qazingulaza at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 11:13:14 EST 2009

Seems to me you're getting essentially the same results either way,
only that planting seeds outside is saving you the effort of planting
out anything that is not hardy enough.

What Colorado peaches are you talking about.  Is there a source for seed?


On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:
> Evelyn Mellott asked, "In the last Pomona ,Fall 2009 Jim Noted that he has
> found if the Peach pit does not freeze the tree won't be hardy.  Is this
> because the seeds that are not hardy don't survive the extreme cold to
> germinate or does it actually increase the hardiness of the potential tree.
> I've often started hardy and less hardy seeds just by giving the proper
> chilling ( in the Fridge which
> does not freeze but will germinate earlier and can be started inside
> earlier) because this gives my little tree more time to mature before it has
> to harden off for the winter.  This  is a interesting observation.  Any
> further info on this topic Jim?"
>    When I first began playing with peaches, I followed everyone's advice
> and provided cold treatment in my refrigerator.  Usually about 90 percent of
> seeds germinated.  I planted them and 90 percent did not make it through
> their first Winter.  Thereafter, I planted peach seeds outside before the
> ground froze and got 20 to 30 percent germination with up to 90 percent
> survival past their first Winter.  Planting peach seeds outside is a time
> and space saver.
>    My peach project might be near its end mostly because my parent tree
> contracted some strange bark disease and died.  I raised and sold alot of
> peach trees and have three seedlings left.  Time will tell if one or more of
> the three will be a suitable replacement for that phase of research.  My
> second peach project is in its infancy; it involves seed obtained from
> Colorado Peaches that germinated after freezing in the ground - 2010 will
> tell me how many survived a Winter.
> Jim Fruth
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