How To Grow An Apple In A Bottle

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Last year I turned 21 and well shopping at A liquor store in St.Cloud MN, There was something that caught my eye. It was A pear in A bottle of brandy, I got to thinking how did The pear get in the bottle. well I couldn't figure it out but after searching GOOGLE I did. They Grown it in the bottle,very cool. Well I don't have an pear tree but I did have an apple tree and thought it could work.
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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At least one apple tree.
A few empty bottles, Clear Only.
I put up five when I started this experiment and had two of then at the end with one apple in each.
A few feet of coated copper wire, The more bottles the more wire you will need.
A ladder or steeping stool, Helps to get up into the tree.
A helping hand to hold the bottles for you while you secure the bottle to the tree.
patience This takes a lot of time.

Step 2: Clean The Bottles

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Thoroughly clean inside and outside of the bottles make sure there big enough for and average apple to grow in them.
I used A captain morgan 1.75ltr. and a 3 ltr. wine jug they worked great.
use goo-gone and A razor blade (Be Careful) to clean of any labels.

Step 3: Find The Best Spot To Hang The Bottle.

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The bottle needs to sit up side down so any water will drain out the bottom.
Find A Solid branch to mount the bottle to, make sure its strong because it has to stay up there through rain, wind and any storms that may happen.
Kinda eye up where they will stay but don't hang them until the apple buds are ready.

Step 4: Be patient.

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This takes A lot of time.
You want to wait until the apple bud is the size of the the bottle opening and will fit in with out pressing it in.

Step 5: Find The king Bud.

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Find the strongest looking apple bud on an acceptable branch trim all others, buds and leaves and carefully place apple bud in the bottle, then carefully hang the bottle.
HoneyPossum3 years ago
Really cool instructable. You need to have a bit of botanical knowledge to really pull this off. Hopefully, if I ever have a fruiting try I can give this a try.

Did you notice if the apples in the bottles grew faster than the ones that weren't? In other words, did the bottle act as a greenhouse?

pTEARgriffin (author)  StandingOnStones5 months ago
To my knowledge, the apples in the bottles did not grow any faster or slower than the apple that weren't. There might have been an increased amount of moisture in the bottles during certain times, from condesation.

Thanks. Good 'Ible, by the way.

Nava Farm1 year ago
Very cool thanks
dlaube12 years ago
Can ya do it with a tangerien ? and of course Awsome .
znelson7102 years ago
You can save the bottles by just letting the fruit rot away when the spirit is gone. That's what the large bottles do to cut down on costs. When a fruit doesn't lass quality inspection they set the bottle aside and let the fruit rot away and then wash the bottle. The alcohol also helps to preserve the fruit and keep mold and bacteria from growing on the fruit.
mewat3 years ago
This is pure cruelty on a living creature
TekoMuto mewat3 years ago
The tree didn't seemed like it cared :/
pmn93933 years ago
how do you get the apple out to eat it?
pTEARgriffin (author)  pmn93933 years ago
My buddy broke the bottle, Its the only way. I would be careful and thoroughly wash it good wouldn't want to eat any glass. I don't recommend it Its more for looks and the cool factor. Thanks for the comment.
Gnutella3 years ago
how does it taste?
pTEARgriffin (author)  Gnutella3 years ago
very good like apple pie.
cool.gonna have to try it.
ilpug3 years ago
That is amazing, although i question why you need alcohol of that strength. If it is just for the taste, why make it so strong?
pTEARgriffin (author)  ilpug3 years ago
Because It gets diluted by adding the gallon of cider and the gallon of apple juice. the finish product is around 10- 15% by volume 30 proof. Its around the alcohol content of A strong wine. EverClear should always be diluted with Juice, Soda, ETC. Or Used to make homemade liqueurs like apple pie (Drink). Thanks for the comment!
ok then, i figured it was for some reason like that. I know someone who drank everclear straight form the bottle and had to go to the hospital.
Xenobia3 years ago
This is brilliant! Now if only my trees would fruit...
WearJDV3 years ago
Wow! This is cool. I really want to do this now ... I just need to find an apple tree.
formellini3 years ago
In Italy you can see pear trees fully covered bybottle because farmers need pears in bottle for pear spirit (grappa williams).
pTEARgriffin (author)  formellini3 years ago
That would be very cool to see.
cpacker13 years ago
That is very cool!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Fantastic! I love fruit in bottles.