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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Apple Seed Stratification

My wife and I decided to grow a few apple trees from seeds. We are planning to buy a farm this year and it would be great to plant immediately on it an orchard. It does take time for an apple tree to grow so its best start as soon as possible.
Apple seeds need stratification period to germinate. I have collected a few seeds from a sort called Ingrid Marie which is very sour but that matters little since these trees will need grafting anyway and that will decide which apple sort it will be.
 Seeds from 3 apples
placed in between two sheets of kitchen towel and damped with water
sealed in a plastic bag and placed in the fridge for the stratification period of 4-6 weeks when germination will take place. Some say 30% germination is to be expected ... lets see how it goes :)
Once germinated the seedlings will be planted into potting soil.

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