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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Tioga County, NY
I take the seeds out of the ripe apple, wash and pat dry with paper towel, then place in a ziploc bag with a slightly moist piece of paper towel. I've started indoors in pots. I start checking in January for them to show a radicle root. When they do, I put the seed in a pot under a fluorescent shop light. I change the paper towel if it starts growing colorful mold and throw out seeds that get moldy.
If you want to start outdoors in the spring, I'd do the same but wait to put in the slightly moist paper towel until Feb or so to slow stratification. Then sow the seeds in the spring.
Collect plenty seeds and try not to make it too complicated.