How to Plant Apple Seeds to Get an Apple Tree


If you are thinking about doing a fun gardening project with your children or grandchildren that can be started around Thanksgiving time and continued over Easter, then consider planting apple seeds with them. You will only need a few supplies and a good apple and within six months, you could be watching your apple seedlings grow.

Step 1

Soak your clay pots in a container of water while you prepare the apple for removing the seeds. You can either simply eat the apple down to the core and then remove the seeds or you can cut the apple away in sections with a knife. Set aside about 10 seeds.

Step 2

Fill the clay pots with the potting soil made of half sand and half peat moss. This is a good mixture for good drainage but still retaining enough moisture for keeping the seeds damp.

Step 3

Place two seeds in the center of each pot, placing them about 1 inch down in the soil. You can poke a hole with the back of a pencil and then drop the seeds in. Cover the soil back into the hole and firm it down gently.

Step 4

Set the seeded pots into the plastic sandwich container. Drip a few drips of water into each one and then cover the container with the lid. Mark the container with the date and the type of apple seeds you planted.

Step 5

Set the sandwich container in the back of your refrigerator where it can sit for three months. This is the stratification process that the seeds need to go through to break their dormancy. Outside they would go through the same process, but there is a chance they might be eaten by animals or rot.

Step 6

Check the seeds at the end of the three months. You might see a little green sprout coming up, but it is all right if you don't, since the roots are the first thing to grow. Set the pots in a warm spot. Keep them covered in clear plastic until you see a sprout. Only expect about 30 to 50 percent of the seeds to sprout.

Step 7

Transplant the seedlings when they are an inch high into a 6-inch plant pot with regular potting soil in it. Place them in a sunny spot where they can continue to grow until the outside temperature is over 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 clay plant pots, 1-inch size
  • Potting soil (50 percent wet peat moss, 50 percent sand)
  • Apple
  • Plastic sandwich container with lid
  • 6-inch plant pot
  • Regular potting soil


  • Purdue University: Growing Trees From Seeds
  • International Society for Horticultural Science: Germination of Apple Seed From Fruit Removed From Cold Storage
Keywords: apple seed, tree planting, children projects

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.