How do I germinate apple seeds?

gwtamaraJanuary 1, 2013

Just a word of warning, apple trees do not reproduce true to seed. Today, apple trees are usually propagated by grafting.

To germinate apple seeds:

Collect apples as they ripen and remove the seeds. Sow seeds in the fall or Stratify the seed in the refrigerator by placing the seeds in a container of moist packing material, such as peat moss, vermiculite or sand. Most seeds are adequately stratified after three to four months at 35-40 F.

Sow the seed 1/2 to 1 inch deep. Most apples need a cross-pollinator so you should plan on at least two trees. Standard trees can take seven to ten years to reach an age when they bear fruit.

Click here to learn about getting more fruit by pruning your apple tree.

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