*quick note, the apple tree shown isn't mine. This one is from www.treepicturesonline.com*
Hello! This tutorial will show you how to grow apple trees straight from the seed.
So first, here are some things you should know:
-If you grow an apple tree from seed, it probably won't grow the same type of tree. This is because apple seeds don't grow true, which means that every seed is unique.
-This is a long process, and this tutorial is an as-I-go type tutorial.
-You aren't guaranteed saplings from this, as only about 30% of the seeds from an apple will actually germinate. If you try this and it doesn't work the first time, don't be scared off! try again.
-You also aren't guaranteed that the apples will taste good. If they don't, you might be able to use them for something else!
Now, to start!
Step 1: Germinating the seeds
So first, here is a list of what you need:
-A plastic sandwich bag
-Somewhere cold, like a fridge.
-A bottle, but this won't be needed for a few months.
So first, eat the apples! Get the seeds from the apples. We have an apple cutter so I just cut it and gently cut the core in half(so I wouldn't damage the seeds) and took the seeds out.
Wash the seeds. You don't HAVE to do this but mine were a bit sticky because my apples were pretty juicy.
Now, get a paper towel, or napkins. Stick it under the faucet for a bit so it gets damp. Make sure its all wet, and then squeeze the extra water out. Stick the seeds on the napkin, and then fold it up so it looks like this:
And then put it inside of a sandwich bag. I blew air into mine so it was like a cushion, but you don't have too. Stick it somewhere in the fridge and leave it there for a month or two. Apple seeds need a period of cold. During the fall, apples that fell on the ground will decay, and then when they do, the apple seeds are in there. They are left there through winter, and then they start to sprout in the spring. This is why you need to put the seeds in the fridge, they are sort of programmed to only germinate after a period of cold.
Make sure to occasionally check the bag to make sure the napkin is still moist, if not, add a bit of water to it and stick it back in.
After a month, take the bag out. My seeds were a LOT darker than when I put them in. Not sure if this is supposed to happen or not.
I decided to replace the bag and napkin. You don't have too, but I did. Redo the napkin-bag process if you wish, and then make sure the napkin is moist. Stick it in a spot that will get sunlight. Next to a lamp, or in a windowsill is a good place. Mine will be in a windowsill.
Leave them there for about a month or so. They may start sprouting after 2 weeks or so. Only 30% usually actually germinate, so around 6 of my 18 should sprout. (Hopefully more!)
After a month and a half, if they all have not sprouted, the ones that haven't probably never will. You can pitch them if you wish.