How Do You Grow an Apple Tree From Just the Seeds?


The apple tree is an easy-care deciduous tree that thrives in areas with dry, warm summers and cool winters. Beloved not only for their fresh, healthful fruit, apple trees also provide shade and beauty when they are in bloom. Growing apple trees from seeds is easy, provided they are given the proper pre-planting treatment. Begin the process in the winter so you can plant the seeds in early spring as soon as the ground has thawed.

Step 1

Fill the plastic zipper-top bag with moist sand. Insert the seeds into the sand until they are completely enveloped. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator. Allow it to remain there for 90 days.

Step 2

Choose a location in your garden for the apple tree. The site should be in an area that receives all-day sun and not located in any type of depression. Cold air flows into the lower elevations, creating frost pockets. These cold areas can kill the blossoms on the apple tree.

Step 3

Take a soil sample to your county cooperative extension agent for an analysis. You can perform your own analysis with a home testing kit, but the extension agent can offer valuable advice on how to correct soil pH and what amendments are appropriate for your type of soil.

Step 4

Remove all weeds and turfgrass from within a 3-foot radius of the planting site. These plants would compete with the apple seedling for water and nutrients.

Step 5

Till the soil in the planting area, using the gardening fork. Dig down to a depth of 12 inches and crush the soil with the fork. Work the required soil amendments into the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Level the area with the rake.

Step 6

Place the apple seeds on the soil and sprinkle a light covering of soil over them. They should be barely covered.

Step 7

Water the planting area with the fine mist setting on your hose and keep the soil moist, not soggy, until the seeds sprout.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic zipper-type bag
  • Sand
  • Soil amendments
  • Gardening fork
  • Rake


  • North Carolina State University: Growing Apple Trees in the Home Garden
  • "The New Seed Starter's Handbook"; Nancy Bubel; 1988
Keywords: apple tree seed, plant apple seeds, grow apple tree

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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.