How to Prepare Apple Seeds for Planting


Growing any tree from its fruit seed is not a difficult task. Keep in mind that the tree that germinates from an apple seed may not produce the same fruit as the tree, as the fruit may have been cross-pollinated from another variety of apple tree. This will cause a different offspring from the fruit's seed. The tree that is grown will always be a full-sized apple tree, even if the fruit came from a dwarf variety. Dwarf fruit trees are grafted to special rootstock that keeps the small size in the upper branches. Preparing apple seeds for planting is a simple process.

Step 1

Select apples that have a good outer flesh with no physical damage. Wounds in the outer skin may harbor unwanted bacteria that can be transferred to the seeds.

Step 2

Cut the apple in half with a knife. Scoop out the seeds and surrounding pulp with a spoon.

Step 3

Place the pulp and seeds into a sealed glass jar with approximately ¾ inch of water. Close the jar. Shake the seeds, pulp and water to mix. Allow the pulp and seeds to set on a counter top, out of full sunlight, for two days.

Step 4

Rinse the seeds with clean water to remove any pulp. Place 1 inch of water in the jar. Remove any seeds that float. The seeds that sink are the most viable for germinating.

Step 5

Place the sinker seeds on paper towels to dry overnight.

Step 6

Store the seeds in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for three months to stratify the seeds. Some varieties may require up to four months of refrigeration to germinate in warm soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Sealed jar
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag


  • North Dakota Extension Service: Apples
  • Purdue University Extension: Growing Trees from Seeds
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