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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question about apple seedlings

I have some wonderful old apple trees at my camp. I want to use some seeds from these apples to grow seedlings I can plant at my home. Do I need to dry the apple seeds first? I am pretty good with getting seedlings to grow, just need some help on the apple seed question. Help!

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 02:08 PM
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Re: Question about apple seedlings

why not cut the apple and remove the seed?

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Re: Question about apple seedlings

I don't think he means drying the apples, just the seeds after they are removed.



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In that case dry till they do not stick together then store ,dry cool, till you are going to stratify , for spring planting or better yet remove seed and plant now. my book is at my nursery and if I think of it I will look apples up tomorrow/

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Re: Question about apple seedlings

Thank You! When I was a kid I worked in a nursery for a summer and the old fella taught me how to mix a good potting soil and grow seeds and cuttings, but I never messed with apple seeds, I have potted and planted hundreds of oaks though!

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Re: Question about apple seedlings

Joe,

You should know that apples do not "come true" from seed, i.e. the fruit from trees grown from seeds very likely will not be like the fruit you get the seeds from. You could use the seedlings as rootstock to graft twigs of desired varieties on top if you are truly interested and have the time for the trees to reach a size to bear fruit. Of course, if you are only interested in providing food for wildlife, the trees will still bear fruit and deer or bears won't care if the apples aren't Golden Delicious or Winesap or whatever the original apples were.

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Re: Question about apple seedlings

Maybe you would know, these apples are unidentified. My camp is a farm that was settled in the 1830's. Old German immigrants. When the place was purchased in the 1950's, many of the homesteaders apple trees, or their offspring, were doing well. The seller stated then the seeds were brought from the old country to start the orchards. We have about six of these trees left that are 20" or better trunks and still produce fruit. I am trying to plant some new ones from these seeds so they prosper long after I am gone. If I post a pic of the apples could you tell me what they are?

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Re: Question about apple seedlings

Joe,
Sorry, I wish I could be of some help giving you an identification of your apples. You might try sending an inquiry and photos to some of the seed companies that still handle heritage varieties of seeds, plants and trees - or perhaps the ag department at a college/university like PSU.
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You might be able to clone it by getting cut branches to root.

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Thats what I was thinking, instead of messing with seeds just root some cuttings? Its been a long while, but I know how to do that. In fact, the old timer that taught me would take cuttings from someones ornamentals and root them and sell the trees the next spring! Zero investment and 100% profit!

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