Put an apple in the crisper of your refrigerator for a couple of months.
when you bring it out, the seeds are likely to be germinating already.
You can also put the seeds in a damp paper towel in a baggy and
refrigerate it until the seeds just start to sprout. Then plant the
seeds and put in a warm place. Watch out for mold while they are in the
Yep. A good cold stratification helps.
You can plant the seeds in small pots and put them in the fridge for a
couple months. That should help.
Are they warm enough? The soil temp needs to be up around 65 or so for
them to sprout well. It's the change that does it.
What kind of apple are you useing? It may not be a viable
variety...depends on the pollinator.
There's a little something called recessive genes. Even if the OP was
to have seeds from an apple that was pollinated by the same variety of a
the odds are very much against him getting anything that resembles the
The odds are extremely low, but he could even come up with a different, but
improved apple. I personally would not waste my time and effort to find
" email@example.com" wrote:
My father has allowed a number of self seeded apples grow up. Based on
that I will say that, yes, the odds are against getting something that
*closely* resembles the original apples. If that's what he wants he
should just buy a tree.
As for coming up with a different, but improved apple. Well, that's not
that easy to answer.
You can be pretty sure it will be different, off course. And
Still one apple out of every four has been nice and edible, here.
PS: I have 50-odd young apple trees out on the grounds. If they don't
turn out nice then ... who cares, I need the wind breaks.
Not sure what is proven by planting a few apple seeds. I doubt the previous
poster's claim that one out of four trees grown from seed were good tasters. I
it's the same motivation that drives people to buy lottery tickets with the
million to one odds against winning. At least in the lottery, you can make
enough to plant up several orchards with whatever you like.
I am driven by curiosity. I can graft far more different, great tasting
apples than I have room for. Still whenever a seedling appears I put it
in the nursery, just to see ...
Remember too that a bad or inedible apple is *not* a dead loss, as apple
trees are quite nice for a lot of things. Flowers, wood, shade ...
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