To Harvest or Not To Harvest a Stone Fruit Pit

Fruit such as peaches, plums and nectarines are considered stone fruits. These are easy to collect since you just eat or cut away the fruit, pull out the stone, wash it, let it dry and voila – a seed. One thing you should consider before collecting these from store bought fruit is that they may be hybrid. Meaning that it is a cross of two different varieties and the resulting tree may not produce fruit like the one you ate, but one like a parent of that fruit, if it fruits at all.

So, unless you are absolutely sure that your fruit is an heirloom variety or you are aware of the characteristics of a hybrid’s parents and are OK with that you may want to stick with buying a seedling. Though there is nothing wrong with trying.

The resulting tree could still be very pretty.

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