So far I've had 4 saplings die on me. One cherry, one nectarine, and two sweet-pit apricots. The apricots were started in large containers and may have drowned in a very peat-rich soil mix even though I had rocks at the bottom and holes for drainage. The other two got root-rot from too rich a soil mix on my back hill. I'm starting to get tired of losing all these saplings and am thinking about just trying to start off direct from the pits.
I really want to focus on the sweet-pit apricots because they have the dual-use, the fruit and the pit (as an almond substitute) but I don't know if you can start those true from seed. Alternately I was thinking of just taking store-bought peaches and nectarines and starting them off with the intention of grafting later.
If I do graft later I need to find a source of sweet-pit apricot scions which is probably going to be difficult...
I am also thinking about using grow-tubes next spring.
Any tips for establishing stone-fruit is appreciated. I am in southern New England.