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Growing New Plants from Kitchen Scraps

Don’t throw those peach pits, avocado and grapefruits seeds into the compost pile.  Have a little family fun and try growing these into a memory.

Start the fun by taking a look at nature.  If the plants normally grow in a cold climate, like apples, they will need a cold treatment.  Those from tropical regions will not.

Remove the fleshy husk of nuts immediately and place them in moist sand or peat moss in a plastic bag during the cold treatment.

Plants with a hard seed coat like avocado need a little help sprouting.  Nick the seed or soak them overnight to encourage them to absorb water and sprout.

Give seeds their needed treatment and plant them in moist warm soil.  Once the seeds sprout, move them to a bright sunny window.

And if your goal is to grow a productive orchard, invest in the most disease resistant fruit varieties suited to your growing climate.

A bit more information:  Store seeds needing a cold treatment in the refrigerator, not the freezer, for several months.  Start by removing the seeds from the fruit or pods.  Allow the seeds to dry and place them in an envelope.  Date and label the envelope for future reference and store it in an airtight container.  

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