Seed Germination | How to Grow an Apple Tree from Seeds

Growing apple from seeds

Taste good? And now you want to grow your own apple tree from the seeds, right? It’s certainly possible. Believe it or not, apple trees originally come from seed germination. However, the commercially grown ones we enjoy today are probably more a product of engineering than germinating from seed.

Growing an Apple Tree From Seeds?

You see, the issue with growing apples from pips is that you never know what you’ll get. You may be eating a wonderful Red Tasty when you decide to germinate the seeds, only to discover that the outcome is less sweet, less red, and perhaps even less delicious.

On the bright side, though, God could have blessed you with a brand new variety that becomes the ‘Apple of the Century’ with commercial growers clamoring for the patent rights. However, the chances are small that this will happen.

Seed Germination | How to Grow an Apple Tree from Seeds.
Apple seeds

How are apple trees grown?

Apple trees are perpetrated predominantly by grafting. New rootstock is embedded with a scion of the preferred cultivar, and the tree grows and produces from this point forward. This method of propagation almost always results in the same apple growth.

The rootstock which is produced by apple seed germination is just a dumb host. It can’t produce anything apart from what has been grafted onto it. Occasionally it will send up a few suckers, but if you were to grow these – keeping the roots intact – you would produce a very different apple that bears little resemblance to the grafted variety.

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So, you still want to germinate your own apple seeds

Sure. Let’s give it a try.

After you’ve done eating the core of your excellent apple, remove the seeds and dry them in a cool place until the outside is completely dry.

Then, put each one in a seedling tray and cover with 10mm (1/2 in) of well-draining potting mix. Cover the tray with plastic wrap or put it in a cold frame until the seeds germinate and sprout.

When the seedlings have two or more leaf levels, they may be potted out into larger pots to continue to develop until they’re ready to go into the ground.

Keep in mind that an apple tree purchased from a nursery typically takes 2-3 years to bear fruit. So, if you’re planting an apple tree from seed, expect to wait at least 6 years to see any benefits.

Where can I buy apple seeds?

Did you just miss the rest of the article? You can’t. And if someone is selling you apple seeds and guaranteeing the result, then make an appointment with your lawyer now.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t buy antique or heirloom apple cultivars. It just means that you can’t buy them as seeds.