How to Germinate Apple Seeds

Have you ever wanted to grow your own apple tree? It’s actually not as difficult as you might think. All you need is a few apple seeds and some patience. Keep reading to learn how to germinate apple seeds start growing your own apple tree!

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Apple trees (Malus domestica) grow readily from seed, but depending on the variety, you may not get a tree that is true to the parent. For example, if you grow red delicious apple tree from seed, the offspring might be a sour green apples. If you have space and don’t mind what type apple tree you end up with, growing apple trees from seed is easy and fun.

What You’ll Need

-Apple seeds
-Paper towel
-Ziploc bag

1. Start by removing the seeds from the apple. You can do this by slicing the apple in half and scooping out the center or by using a corer.
2. Once you have your seeds, rinse them off with water to remove any residue from the fruit.
3. Next, place your seeds on a paper towel and fold it over so they are covered.
4. Put the paper towel in a Ziploc bag and seal it closed.
5. Store your bag in a warm, dark place for 2-3 weeks, checking on it every few days to make sure the paper towel stays moist.
6. After 2-3 weeks, you should see roots and shoots emerging from your seeds. At this point, you can plant them in potting soil and put them in a sunny spot.

How to Germinate Apple Seeds

Apple trees are potentially long-lived, with some specimens known to date back to early days of European settlement in North America. However, the vast majority of apple trees grown in home landscapes are quite young. Because of this, many people don’t know how to properly germinate apple seeds. If you have fresh apple seeds that you would like to germinate and grow into trees, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure success.

1. First, fill a large planting container with moistened potting mix. You can use a standard potting mix or a mix specifically formulated for fruit trees.

2. Place the apple seeds on the surface of the potting mix, spacing them out evenly.

3. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of potting mix, just enough to barely cover them.

4. Water the planting container well, until water begins to drip from the drainage holes at the bottom.

5. Place the container in a bright location out of direct sunlight, and keep the potting mix moist but not soggy wet. Apple seeds will usually germinate within 2-4 weeks under ideal conditions.
6 Once the seedlings have emerged from the soil, thin them so that only one strong seedling remains per planting container. Allow the remaining seedling to grow undisturbed until it is time to transplant it into a permanent location in your landscape


We hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to germinate apple seeds. Remember to start with fresh, healthy seeds, and be patient – it can take several weeks for the seedlings to appear. With a little care and attention, you should be able to successfully grow apple trees from seed.

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