How to Plant Apple Tree Seeds


Apple trees are an ideal addition to any garden, whether it is for the delicious fruit or shade they provide. Apple trees grow best in regions that have colder winters. Planting your own apple tree by seeds is a process that requires lots of patience and care, but a small amount of equipment. There are some important things to keep in mind, such as preparing the seeds and planting them in a proper location.

Step 1

Pick seeds out of a healthy large apple and place them aside on a damp paper towel. Fold the paper towel into quarters.

Step 2

Put the folded paper towel into a plastic ziploc bag and seal it shut. Keep it stored in the refrigerator for around a month and a half to mimic the winter season dormancy. Make sure to keep the paper towel moist throughout this time. Within this time, you should notice that the seeds have begun to sprout. Keep in mind that only about 30 percent of the apple seeds will germinate.

Step 3

Plant the apple seed sprouts into small containers filled with good quality potting soil. Place the containers in a sunny windowsill and make sure to keep in consistently moist.

Step 4

Transplant the apple sprouts once they are about 6 inches tall. They need to be planted in a full sun location, spaced at least 7 feet apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Plastic ziploc bag
  • Refrigerator
  • Small containers
  • Potting soil


  • Growing Apple Trees
  • Planting Apple Seeds
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.