Apple Seed Planting Technique

Overview

Apple trees are deciduous, fruit-producing trees that are a common addition to many gardens. Commercially they are grown across America in 36 states and are regarded as the second most valuable fruit, according to the University of Illinois. Growing apple from seed is relatively simple, once you break the apple seed's dormancy .

Preparing Apple Seeds

Step 1

Cut an apple in half to remove the seeds. Place the seeds into a wire basket or sieve and pour warm water over the seeds to remove all sticky sap or residue.

Step 2

Set the apple seeds out onto a paper towel to dry for about one day.

Step 3

Place approximately 1 cup of sand or peat moss into a plastic sandwich bag. Add in 1 tbsp. of water at a time until the sand or peat moss is dampened down.

Step 4

Place the apple seeds into the sandwich bag. Hold the bag firmly closed and give it a gentle shake to distribute the apple seeds into the sand or peat moss. Use a wire tie or rubber band to seal the bag closed.

Step 5

Place the sandwich bag into a refrigerator, or in a location which will stay right around 35 to 40 degrees F. Check the contents of the bag about twice a week to make sure the sand or peat moss is remaining moist. Mist the sand or peat moss with water when needed. Leave the bag in its cold storage location for 60 days.

Step 6

Separate the apple seeds from the sand or peat moss after the 60 days has passed and plant the apple seeds.

Planting Apple Seeds

Step 1

Pour into a seed-starting flat enough peat-based potting mix to fill the flat to within about 1/2 inch from its top.

Step 2

Pack the potting mix down firmly in the seed starting flat using the bottom of a cup, glass or a small block of wood. Then lightly mist the soil with water until it is damp to the touch.

Step 3

Create 1/8-inch deep rows the are approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart from each other using the long end of a 12-inch ruler, or any object that can create a straight line.

Step 4

Plant one apple seed every 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Then push in 1/8 of an inch of soil over the apple seeds. Gently firm the soil down over the apple seeds.

Step 5

Place a sheet of glass or plastic sheeting over the top of the seed-starting flat. Set the flat in a brightly lit and warm location in your home. Provide as much indirect light as possible, at least eight hours a day. A good temperature range for sprouting apple seeds is 65 to 70 degrees F.

Step 6

Check on the tray of apple seeds at least once every two days. Mist the soil in the seed starting tray with water only if it begins to dry out. Germination of apple seeds will begin in two to three weeks.

Step 7

Transplant the apple tree saplings once they have a set of leaves. You can pot them up into 3- or 4-inch pots, or into 1-gallon pots and set them outside in full sun until they are large enough to plant into your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Apples, or apple seeds
  • Wire basket
  • Paper towel
  • Sand or peat moss
  • Sandwich bag
  • Rubber band or wire tie
  • Sprayer bottle
  • Seed starting tray
  • 12-inch rule
  • Potting mix
  • Sheet of glass or plastic

References

  • Montana State University: Planting Fruit Tree Seeds
  • Orange Pippin.com: Supermarket Apples
  • The University of Illinois: Apple Facts
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About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.