There has been an ongoing discussion (argument) for about a week
regarding growing apples from seed. That discussion (argument) is just
now finally winding down.
Growing apples from seeds is terribly impractical if you are interested
in the fruit -- unless have a lot of space for *big* trees to grow, you
don't mind waiting 10 years for the tree to begin bearing, and you
realize the fruit will probably be awful. With pruning and grafting you
can replace all the branches with a good variety in just a couple of
more years, so it's not like the 10 years was a total waste, but if you
want an apple tree you are usually better off buying a named variety
grafted onto semi-dwarf rootstock. Buy 2 trees of different varieties
to pollenation unless there are flowering crabapples in your
neighborhood or maybe your next-door neighbor has an apple tree.
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