Peach Trees
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Germinating in light or dark!

Zone London | 4u537 added on June 8, 2019 | Answered

Hi do peach seeds need dark to germinate? I've put peach seeds in the fridge with a damp paper towel! Only thing is, my fridge has a led light that is always on! Would this affect the germination? And has it ruined my seed? It's been in the fridge for over 2 months now! Thanks

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BushDoctor
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Answered on June 9, 2019

If you did not remove the tough stone hull, then this can take a half year or more. That light is not reaching the true seed, and will not reach the true seed until that stone has dissolved.

To make this faster (With gloves, since all Prunus species contain cyanogenic glycosides in the seeds) you will need to carefully crush the seed with a hammer on the side of the seed where it would normally split. Then put these into soil in your fridge for a month or so until you see action from the seeds.

Now, on another note... If your fridge LED is staying on, even when you close it, I would look into replacing that. Light getting to food during storage is terrible, and will help mold and bacteria grow. You may want to contact the manufacturer.

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