Just for fun, I wanted to see how far I can grow peaches in Singapore! 🙂
For any hard crust seed, it is better to remove the hard outer covering before sowing. Personally, I like to check the condition of the seeds too before I sowed them. Our fruits after all, were not harvested fresh on our land and shipping may rendered some damage on quality of fruits and seeds. It is a good thing too because as I discovered, not all pits have seeds.
Gardening sites online recommended to dry the pit first for easier removal of the seed as the shell would be more brittle , but I did not dry mine before I applied the nutcracker and managed to break part of the crust and sowed the seed without totally removing it from the crust.
As this is my first time germinating peaches and impatient by nature, I sneaked a peek at the seed on the 10th day by uncovering the soil and tried to dislodge it . When the seed did not budged, and seem “tied” to the soil, I knew there were roots holding it down.
The first leaf emerged from the soil on January 26 2016, the 19th day after sowing the seed. Most of the hard crust had split open.
For most of my cool seasoned plants, I used ice to water them during the warmer days in Singapore. The higher the temperature, the more ice is needed. If the plants do not like too much watering, ice packs or ice bottles are used instead. Here are the various ways I chilled soil in Singapore! 🙂
Summary of Donut Peaches Requirements:
- Big pot with a diameter of at least 3 feet for better roots development
- Depending on varieties, it may take 3 -5 years from seed to harvest day
- Well drained medium of 1 part each of sand/peat/compost/perlite or equivalent
- Does not like wet soil
- Full sun
- Need a high Phosphorous fertilizer
- Self pollinating
- May need 100 hours minimum of chilled soil at 7 degree C (!!) to grow flowers 🙂 – Will worry about this later 🙂