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How to grow apple trees from seed

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*quick note, the apple tree shown isn't mine. I will be adding a picture of my own soon, but for now, 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 scratch, it is almost guaranteed to give a different apple than what the seed was from. My seeds were from macintosh apples.
-This is a long process, and this tutorial is an as-I-go type tutorial.
-You aren't guaranteed trees from this, as only about 30% of the seeds from an apple will actually germinate.
-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!
 
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Step 1: Germinating the seeds

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So first, here is a list of what you need:
-A plastic sandwich bag
-Somewhere cold, like a fridge.
-Paper towel/napkins
-Apples!
-A bottle, but this won't be needed for a few months.

So first, eat the apples! :D 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 about a month.(Mine was 29ish days) 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.


greentrees1 month ago

Excellent information thanks :)

Ranie-K5 months ago
I believe one of these photos belong to someone else. Am I wrong?
farmerboyk (author)  Ranie-K5 months ago
I don't care.
Jobow5 months ago
Yes, you can grow an apple tree from the seeds. The problem is that you can not guarantee the apples that come from that tree will be worth eating.

Orchards take cuttings from only the best trees to grow new apple trees.

The cool thing about cuttings are that you can have multiple varieties of apples growing from one tree if you graft the limbs together.

Best of luck.
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