Introduction: How to Grow Apple Trees

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remember when you were young and all you wanted was to grow your own apple tree from the seed you got from your apple you ate? well here is your chance to live your childhood dream of growing a apple tree.

in this instructable i will show you how to properly grow an apple tree and have great results so get ready, get set ,grow.

Step 1: About Growing Apple Seeds

  • apple seeds do not actually produce a apple like the apple you ate the fruit from the seed that you will grow the fruit it will produce will taste different but that is not a bad thing plus its always fun to grow apple trees
  • most people dont actually know how to grow apple seeds unlike most seeds apple seeds wont grow if you just put a seed in the dirt apple seeds need to go through a period of cold to mimic winter in order to sprout and grow.

Step 2: What You Will Need

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Step 3: Step One

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Step 4: Step 2

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Step 5: Step 3

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Step 6: Step 4 Into the Fridge

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Step 7: One Month Later

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Step 8: Enjoy Your Apple Tree

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  • enjoy your new tree
  • if you like my instructable let me know in the comments i like getting comments
  • this will be entered in a few contests for the next few weeks if you like this please help me out in the contest :)


slayer1966 (author)2017-12-20

Cool, I tried it out and it works great. Nine out of ten seeds grew into trees

cfiorante (author)2017-06-18

I grew a pear tree

ARThompson made it! (author)2017-06-16

Hi there, can anybody tell me if I put seeds in Freezer to get frozen or the Cooler were keep Veg, Butter, Milk. many thanks for any help and advice.

cfiorante (author)ARThompson2017-06-18

Put them in the fridge they don't need to freeze they just need cold not freezing

cfiorante (author)2017-01-18

I have some pear tree on there way now

ArtD9 (author)2016-03-20

how often should u water it after the 8th step? does it have to be potted ?

parisusa (author)2016-03-11

Hi, I live in Mass close to the home of Johnny Appleseed! Thanks for this "cool" info!

The cloud 1808 (author)2016-02-29

thanks I now have 7 little apple trees in my yard

mnegendahl (author)2016-02-29

Thanks man! It works great - got 3 apple trees going in my apartment now ;)

tammycntn (author)2016-01-16

This is very encouraging. I do have a couple of questions, will this same process work using cherry pits? And do you know how long it takes for the trees to actually produce fruit?

cfiorante (author)tammycntn2016-01-16

it should work for cherries since cherries need to be cold stratified but they may take longer to sprout since they have a thicker outer shell then apple seeds do but it would work also most trees from what what i have seen if they are getting properly fertilized and get enough sun should get to the fruiting size around 3-5 years old

jeanluc83 (author)2016-01-11

Good job.

The term you are looking for is cold stratification. Most trees from temperate climates require a cold period for their seeds to germinate. This prevents them from growing in the middle of the winter when they would be killed by the freezing temperatures.

This works because the seeds contain enzymes that inhibit germination. They act like little cold activated clocks. After a given amount of time at the required temperature the enzyme breaks down and allows the seed to germinate. Of course this is a much simplified version of what is going on but you get the idea.

cfiorante (author)jeanluc832016-01-13

I meant to say cold stratifying but i could not remember the word when i wrote this and must have forgot to fix it plus i am trying to keep it simple so everyone will understand. just trying to not scare people away with too much fancy plant talk :)

vbanaszak (author)2016-01-09

So is there any way to make sure the tree you grow has a flavor that you like? I prefer tart, sweet apples so I would not like delicious apples, but would prefer a baking apple type. Or is it just a crap shoot? Like if I planted seeds from a sour apple would the offspring produce a sour apple, or isn't there a way to tell?

cfiorante (author)vbanaszak2016-01-10

for the most part its a bit of a crap shoot if you want a specific flavour you would propably have to graft the tree with a branch from a tree you like the taste from but usually most apples are tart and a little sweet but if you wanted something like the sweet gala you got from the store the chances of it producing that is like 1000 to 1 or so

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-01-08

It is a cool thing about apple trees that every seedling is completely different from its parent. So every new generation is a whole different kind of apple tree.

Hi! This really is one of those perplexing, non-intuitive things one comes across now and then (I remember my disappointment as a child when I was told that many seeds from the fruits we ate wouldn't give me the same scrumptious fruit if I planted them). The reason for this has something to do with hybridization and grafting.

cfiorante (author)Chrisps1232016-01-10

it is just how apple and other similar fruits work a apple tree or cherry for example if you plant the seeds you will have a completely new variety of tree coming from the seeds what the orchards do is take a branch from another variate that has the flavor they want then graft it onto the new tree then let the graft grow as the tree and the other one is used as the root stock

FriendlyDutch (author)Chrisps1232016-01-10

Indeed, as each flower is pollinated with pollen from who knows which other trees, the seeds will all be little basterds. Grafting doesn't affect the seeds but will affect how tall and sturdy your tree is. So, you may have to graft your new tree-shoots onto established trees.

that is my favourite trait about apples and cherries i always have my own variety of apple that no one else has

June Givler (author)2016-01-09

I liked the pictures, but no audio or written instructions with the pictures, so most of it is a guessing game. Not informative enough for me. Is the cooling time in the refrig? What is the first with the seeds just sitting on something? I was thinking that was like in the garage to dry out and stay quite cool for here in PA. I don't know because there was no explanation. You need to do more, please.

I found the text with (in?) the pictures by clicking on them and then clicking on each 'anchor' rectangle in true picture.

cfiorante (author)FriendlyDutch2016-01-10

that is how i put the text in they are notes on the photos but they are supposed to show when you mouse over them i find this better looking then you get the specific information that goes with that image

FriendlyDutch (author)2016-01-10

Very interesting. How long till you get apples? Any idea whim you can graft your new trees on existing stock?

cfiorante (author)FriendlyDutch2016-01-10

from what i have seen you can usually start to graft the trees at a year old but as for fruit it think you might have to wait 3-5 years

Doing (author)2016-01-09

I honestly did not know the fact about the cold. Thank you and I will be doing this.

Yiya1950 (author)2016-01-09

Love this ..I want to plant lots of Apple trees..I love the blossom in the spring

Bonky202 (author)2016-01-09

This was very informative and I will try this.

Bonky202 (author)2016-01-09

This was very informative and I will try this.

kathyjk (author)2016-01-09

Very interesting to know about the "cold" seeds. Would be nice if you had put some words with the pictures although I do know what they mean. Thank you for the information and hopefully my apple tree will grow well.

cfiorante (author)kathyjk2016-01-09

there are words with my pictures they are on there as notes on the pictures

ArticAkita (author)2016-01-08

some nursery splice in limbs from different branches of older or better fruit trees that grow specific desired fruit. even so much as 4 or 5 types of types of fruit on 1 tree! nursery stuff gets complicated playing frankestien Gardner with your orchard. cool instructable VOTED,

mprice23 (author)2016-01-08

did you actually seal the Ziploc bag for the month or do the seeds need air?

cfiorante (author)mprice232016-01-08

it is sealed they dont need much air other than what is in the bag

Deivys20071 (author)2016-01-07

wow! fantastic!! .. is a normal paper? toilet? .. i want :), also, with your technique, i can grow other seed? :)

cfiorante (author)Deivys200712016-01-08

i used the white paper towel you use in the kitchen like the bounty stuff and with this you can grow other plants that need to be cold stratified like pears cherries plum peaches....

Deivys20071 (author)cfiorante2016-01-08

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

XSimpleHacksX (author)2016-01-08

awesome!! I will try this!

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