In this article, we will explain how to grow apple seeds so you can plant them after germination.
The apple is one of the most consumed fruits in the world because of its sweet taste and the incredible benefits that you can obtain from eating apples have made this fruit an essential food for a rich and balanced diet.
However, despite being one of the most commercial fruits that exist, it is one of the most difficult to grow, since making its seeds germinate requires very specific care and an exceptionally humid and cold environment.
Do you want to have your own apple tree but are worried about not knowing how to germinate its seeds?
Don’t worry, at Agraryo we teach you how to germinate apple seeds correctly and how you should plant and cultivate them to enjoy this fruit whenever you feel like it. Let’s go there!
How to germinate apple seeds – step by step
To know how to germinate apple seeds, you must pay attention to the steps that we present below. However, you must remember that it is a slow process that requires patience and special care. These are the materials you will need:
- A napkin
- A small bowl
- Apple seeds
- A refrigerator
Do you have everything ready? To germinate apple seeds successfully, follow the following process in order.
- The first step will be to remove the seeds from an apple, remove the peel from each seed and allow them to dry for 4-5 days in the open air.
- Put the apple seeds in a bowl of water for 24 hours to hydrate them. The seeds that float must be discarded, as they are the ones that are damaged and will not germinate.
- Take a piece of aluminum foil 20 cm wide and long and put a wet napkin on it. Then, place the seeds on the damp napkin.
- Fold the napkin so that the seeds are in contact.
- Next, you will have to wrap the napkin with the aluminum foil completely. We recommend that you tape a piece of paper to the aluminum foil and write the date to keep track of the days.
- Take your seeds prepared for germination to the refrigerator. Check them once a week and make sure the napkin is mold-free and damp at all times.
- After 20 days, you will notice that the seeds have just begun to germinate. Leave them in the refrigerator for 25 more days. After that time, the apple seeds should be ready to be planted in a pot.
How long does it take for an apple seed to germinate and grow?
Generally, it takes up to 30 days for an apple seed to germinate in its natural habitat. However, you will have to wait 20-25 more days using germination methods as explained above. In this period, only a tiny root tip will have sprung up, but this is a good indication that the plant is going to develop slowly but correctly.
Subsequently, it is necessary to wait about 25 more days for the apple seed to finish its germination process and become a plant with its first leaves and a thin and fragile stem. At this time, it is best to transplant it to a pot or larger field. Let’s see how in the next step.
How to plant potted apple seeds
We show you how to plant potted apple seeds before they finish germinating. Follow this step by step and make sure you don’t leave any instructions:
- When the seeds have their first signs of germination, that is, a tiny root bud at the tips, you will have to take them out of the refrigerator to plant them in a pot.
- It is recommended that you use a special pot for germination. You can easily distinguish it by the divisions it incorporates for each of the seeds. You can also use a common pot, but in this case, you will
- have to make sure that there is a minimum distance of 3 cm between one seed and the other.
- Next, you will have to fill the pot up to 95% of its totality with the substrate.
- Cut 1 cm holes in the ground. Each hole corresponds to a seed.
- Once you’ve done this, place the seeds sprout side down. They should be at least half an inch under the substrate.
- Cover the seeds with the substrate and add an additional half-centimeter of the substrate on the surface. In this way, the seeds will be 1 cm deep from the surface of the substrate.
- Next, you will have to moisten the entire earth without watering it.
- Place the pot in a place where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight or a breeze. With this step, you will be able to conserve moisture for as long as possible.
- Now you just have to wait until the seeds finish germinating in about a month.
How to plant apple seeds to make a bonsai
- If you are a plant lover and want to have your own bonsai, you should know that apple seeds are a fabulous option to plant one in your home. Next, in oneHOWTO, we show you how to plant apple seeds to make a bonsai correctly. Let’s see the step by step:
- First, you must prepare an ideal substrate in which the seeds can germinate with all the nutrients they need because that way they will grow healthy plants.
- To proceed to plant the apple seeds, take a seedbed or pot and fill it completely with the substrate. Press in the soil until it is about 12mm below the edge of the pot. To better choose a bonsai pot, take a look at this other oneHOWTO article.
- Punch 1/2 centimeter holes in the substrate. Each hole will correspond to an apple seed.
- Once the above is done, you must place a seed in each hole with the tip of the same down.
- Cover the apple seeds with the substrate using a horticultural sieve or sieve. This will create a thin layer of soil that will allow the plants to pass through the groundless force.
- Once the seeds are properly planted, you have to water them daily (at least 2 times a day). Water them in the morning and at night, but never at noon.
- Then, you should wait about 15 days for the first signs of the plants to start to sprout through the substrate. At that moment, you will have to count 20 more days and prepare a mixture of vitamins, such as B1 and worm castings, in 1 liter of water.
- You will have to apply this mixture to each germinated seed once every 10 days for 2 months.
- Once that time has passed, the apple seeds will have finished the germination process and you can start caring for the bonsai, which will finish forming over a couple of years.
Do apples grow and bear fruits in the Philippines?
The answer is yes but they are really hard to grow and you must be in a cold climate like Baguio, Tagaytay, or some parts of Mindanao and other colder places near forest reserves.
They take 5 to 7 months to bear fruits but in this article where Sepe had an experiment, he said it only took 5 months for his apple to bear fruit.