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Peach tree from seed

Perennial gardenerPerennial gardener Posts: 33
edited March 2019 in Fruit & veg
In late 2017 I left a peach seed in a pot and it germinated with not interference. It was left outside and survived the 'Beast from the east' in 2018. This year it's in flower. Should I expect fruit from it this year? 

Anyone else had experience growing fruit trees from seed?

Thanks 

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  • SuesynSuesyn South Somerset Posts: 542
    I had one which grew in the compost bin, only discovered it when I spread the compost in the greenhouse.  It has been in a pot outside all winter and I have just planted it in the border.  So far it has a straight stem with leaves all the way up. I have been assured by forum members that it's unlikely to have any fruit as it will probably be sterile but I'll give it a go and see what happens. I will be interested to see what yours does. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,995
    I grew a couple from seed when I was a child. Ours got left behind when we moved, but the one I gave my aunt grew into a good tree and she regularly got fruit from it.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,579
    It may need help with pollination.  Use a soft brush such as a blusher brush to go from flower to flower.  I did this with a young nectarine last year and got 5 fruits.  Mine is a named variety bought from a nursery.  There is no guarantee your volunteer will have inherited tasty genes.

    Suesyn - no special reason it will be sterile but it certainly won't produce fruit without flowers and, as above, they may not be very tasty.  

    On the other hand, you may just as easily end up with something delicious.  Time will tell.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,883
    Would it help to have two, or do they need to be of a different variety? 
    Im keen to do this. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,579
    probably.  I bought two but only one flowered last year and I had them inside because of the Beast, hence the brush.   This year they're outside and both flowering so I'm trusting to the bees.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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