Apple Tree Seedlings
I planted an apple seed into a 1/2 liter water bottle
over two months ago. My plant is now about five inches in height
and I can see the root system collecting at the bottom of the
bottle. I work in a well lit office and plan on keeping it inside.
I think it is ready to be transpanted into a larger pot. My
questions is, is there a proper way inwhich I should go about
planting it without harming the plant? Any helpful advice would be
Here you go:
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
The best approach would probably be to visit a local garden center in
your area; they can advise you on a suitable soil mixture and a proper
I have 4 apple tree varieties growing in my yard in eastern Pennsylvania.
It took about 5 years before each tree produced flowers and the resulting
fruit. It is my understanding that an apple tree, when old enough to
flower, will only produce fruit after a sufficiently long period of cold.
You can check which states are known for the production/shipment of
apples, and you will find that the frost-free areas would not be good
choices in placement of apple orchards.
One other good source of information would be your county extension agent,
located at the county office building in your area in the city which is
your county seat. Apart from that, if you contact a local college/university
and speak to someone in their biology/botany department, they should be
able to give you (free) advice on how to care for your tree.
On occasion, the genetics of the tree resulting from seed will not bear
the same desired characteristics as the parent from which it was produced,
because a good deal of fruit trees are the result of grafting and/or
hybridization. Do not take this as a discouragement; your tree could
conceivably end up being a new, cool variety not yet seen.
Good luck, and thanks for using NEWTON!
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Update: June 2012