How to Plant Seeds From Fresh Apples


Apples are the perfect fruit to have around, whether you just want a healthy snack or want to make a sweet dessert. If you regularly use apples, you can save money by planting an apple tree and growing your own fruit. Like any other tree, you need a seed to start the process. Apple trees can be started from a seed right out of a fresh apple. The seeds have hard outer shells that make natural germination somewhat challenging, so you must take a few extra steps before you plant the seed in the ground.

Step 1

Remove the seeds from the apple core. It's best to eat your way to the core as you may cut the seeds if you use a knife. It's best to start this process in January or February.

Step 2

Rinse all of the apple flesh off of the seeds under running water.

Step 3

Put the seeds between two layers of paper towel and allow them to dry for 24 hours.

Step 4

Fill a plastic bag with peat moss and add just enough water so it is moist to the touch. The peat moss should be about ½-inch thick when evenly spread out.

Step 5

Put the seeds in the peat moss so they are covered around all sides. Seal the bag and put it in the refrigerator for three months. During this time, the hard shell of the seeds will soften and allow them to germinate.

Step 6

Fill a pot with potting soil after the three-month period. The pot should be at least 6 inches in diameter.

Step 7

Place the seeds on the top of the potting soil and cover them with ½ inch of the peat moss. Put the pot in a sunny window.

Step 8

Water the potting soil so it is moist, but do not let it get soggy. The soil should remain moist at all times.

Step 9

Transplant the seeds outdoors after the last chance of frost.

Tips and Warnings

  • The apples produced from the seed probably will not taste like the apple that the seed came from.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Peat moss
  • Refrigerator
  • Pot
  • Potting soil


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