Apple seeds

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  1. gnatgnome

    gnatgnome Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone ever grown an apple tree from seeds? I bought some apples and when I cut them open I noticed that the seeds had begun to sprout. I planted them in little starter pots and most of them are about 2 inches tall with the beginnings of their 3rd set of leaves. Roots are beginning to show out the bottom of the pots so I am going to transplant those into larger pots. I live in zone 4 in NE Iowa. The little sticker on the apples said the brand was Washington and the apples were pink lady. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks Denise
     
  2. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

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    They wont be identical to either parent. Still might give you a good apple. Thats how many present apples came about. Somebody found an exceptional seedling and then grafted wood from it to propogate its qualities exactly. Even if you get a not so good apple with a seedling, you can graft on wood from a known variety so the tree is still productive.

    If somebody hasnt destroyed them, there are some seedling apple trees that I planted on place where I used to live in northern Michigan. Regretted that I'd never have chance to see what they produced.
     

  3. jfriendly

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    I heard an expert say the apple seedlings will grow a little the first year, then seem to do nothing more. It's because the plant needs to go through a winter before it really starts to grow. The 2nd year, the tree will really start to grow.
    Apple seeds that haven't sprouted can be put in the refrigerator for a few weeks before planting, then they will continue to grow throughout their first year.
     
  4. Nancy in Maine

    Nancy in Maine Well-Known Member

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    I don't have any advice to share yet, but my parents have a crab apple tree that my great great grandmother planted. It's starting to show its age, so I've been trying different ways to keep it going. I'm trying a graft onto a mature cortland tree this year, and I also started a tree from one of the crab apples. I have no idea what it will end up being, but I stuck some of the apples in the ground and one seedling came up. I transplanted it to the backyard for the winter and as soon as the ground thaws, I've got a nice spot to plant it permanently. It's about 4" tall.

    I don't know the name of the crab apple, but it has fairly good sized apples for a crab, and when they mature they are a purple color. They make a beautiful jelly!

    Good luck with your tree!
     
  5. Even if they don't produce good fruit, the blossoms are a great show.
    What's with these Pink Lady apples? Every one of them that I eat has seeds that are already sprouting.
    Dara
     
  6. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

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    My daughters and I planted an apple seeds in a dixie cup when they were little. I eventually transplanted the tree out near the horse pasture. That was 7 years ago. I don't live there anymore but the kids tell me the tree is doing well.
     
  7. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    just a related peice of trivia did you know apple seeds contain cyanide.
     
  8. Cindy in IL

    Cindy in IL Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I have sugar gliders and although they eat apples, the seeds are poisonous to them because of the cyanide.
     
  9. this is a darn good question.
    first apples dont come true from seed- but second- many orchards of a few years ago had the practice of placing a 'pollinator' (crabapple tree to be a 'male' tree) every few trees to give a good set.
    then they would spray with sevin to drop most of the fruit.
    i think they dont plant 'pollinators' that are crab apples as much anymore, but what do they do in washington state?
    anyone know the growers up there? i think your 'pink lady' is called 'chipps pink' but am not sure- it is a new variety and as such- should be interesting to grow out- i wished to do this, many years ago in michigan, but moved away as all my fruit trees began to flower.
    i did have beds of fruit tree seedlings, various types, and they are pretty variable from seed- and very interesting.
    i would look for crabapple traits in the seedlings and pull those specimens up.
    also- that jelly crabapple- i would graft the parent onto its own seedling- at least make a branch or two of the old parent- they should be very compatible.
     
  10. redphoenix

    redphoenix New Member

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    That cyanide, even though it is poisonous, isn't particularly deadly unless you eat a few. It isn't going to kill you unless you eat quite a few.
     
  11. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    it takes a teacup full of apple seeds to kill a human adult.