How to Plant an Apple Tree From a Seed


Apple trees grow naturally throughout much of North America and thrive in climates with moderately low humidity and warm summers. If you live in such an area, you can likely grow any of hundreds of apple varieties in your own yard. Once apple trees begin to grow, they adapt well to weather and temperature changes. However, if the seeds are not prepared correctly, the trees will fail to sprout. Seed preparation is a fairly short process and be completed in a week.

Step 1

Moisten a sheet of paper towel. Place the apple seeds on the paper towel. Fold the paper towel in half and then fold it in half one more time.

Step 2

Put the paper towel in a refrigerator. If necessary put a jar on it to keep it from coming unfolded.

Step 3

Make sure the paper towel stays moist at all times. Look at the seeds twice per day. After about a week, the seeds should start to germinate. Remove the seeds when they first sprout.

Step 4

Find a spot in your yard that gets lots of sunlight. Dig a hole 4 inches deep and 4 inches wide. Break up the soil with the shovel to remove large clumps. The looser the soil is, the easier it will be for the roots to grow.

Step 5

Fill in the hole with the loosened soil. Bury the seeds an inch below the surface. It is likely that some of the seeds won't grow into trees, so it is best to plant extra.

Step 6

Water the soil early in the morning and once again in the evening if the soil dries out during the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple seeds from apples
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Refrigerator
  • Shovel


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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.