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    I've have accidentally started growing a peach tree from one of my dwarf peaches.

    Basically I was growing broad beans in homemade compost when I noticed something very odd looking poking up. I was so intrigued by it I decided to keep it and transferred it to a pot of its own. I eventually realised that the leaves were identical to my dwarf 'red leaf' peach tree.

    The photo was taking 1 May '18:

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    Better chance of growing something with good edible fruit from a peach or nectarine than most other stuff grown from seed.

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    I've done some oranges and have 6 shooting. I did this a few years ago but neglected them in the hot summer of 2015 when I was converting my camper van. They were at least a foot tall.
    I've tried lemons with no success so will try the method of taking the outer off the seed.
    I'd like limes but every one I have bought has been seedless however lemon and lime juice is great in gin so not a total waste.
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    I found an almond sprouting in my compost heap, so now I have a baby almond tree. Actually, I often find odd things sprouting in the compost. Should pot up more finds....
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    I had planted a stone fruit seed... well, I say planted when I mean chucked it into a spare pot which is used for chucking all kinds of things I am too lazy to plant properly. Also, I say stone fruit because it could be apricot, peach, or nectarine (or plum?). I thought I'd remember what it was without labelling it.

    Narrator: She did not, in fact, remember!

    So anyway, after having sat there in the pot through frost and a bit of snow (cold stratification?), it's now sprouting.

    In other news, I had a branch growing from below the graft on my patio plum tree which I dutifully cut off, and then didn't want to throw it away so stuck it in a little pot. It amazes me how resilient plants are because it has little buds growing now.

    I am thinking of trying to graft the mystery stone fruit on to it. Since the branch was from below the graft, I am assuming I have a cutting of the rootstock (St Julian, I seem to remember). That should be compatible with any of the possible fruits that seed is.

    My original plan for it was to maybe grafting a pollinating partner for the plum tree. However, I am also (already) in love with the mystery fruit tree, and would love a patio version of it.

    Or maybe I could do both on one rootstock

    These are all dreams and fantasies right now since the rootstock hasn't really got a well-established root system yet, and the seed has only JUST sprouted... but one can hope.
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    You might want to check out "approach grafting" - its easier to get success with it than other sorts and it might well be applicable to your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    You might want to check out "approach grafting" - its easier to get success with it than other sorts and it might well be applicable to your situation.
    I had never heard of approach grafting, but after a quick search, I think I will try it. Thanks, Nick! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runtpuppy View Post
    I had never heard of approach grafting, but after a quick search, I think I will try it. Thanks, Nick! :-)
    You're very welcome - hope it works for you - my other bit of advice, as with any grafting, is that unless you are familiar with the procedures already, run through it a couple of times first with bits of branch you are not bothered about, even if its only hedge trimmings, "to get your eye in" as it were.
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