Growing Apple Trees from Seed- Choosing your seed apples
Updated: Mar 26, 2019
Have you ever grown an apple tree from seed?
I'm going to be growing some apple trees from seed very soon, and I'd love for you to join me!
So why grow apple trees from seed?
Here's a quick video on the types of apples I bought to use their seeds.
Most of the apple trees grown today lack real flavor and may not be able to be grown in your particular climate. Growing apple trees from seed creates the possibility to create totally new types of apples that are more vigorous growers in your climate, pest resistant, and match your specific taste preferences.
There's a lot of information out there that says apples grown from seed won't taste good, but I think that's according to the standards of the massive fruit industry, which has selected outer beauty and shipability, over flavor and vigor. It also has a lot to do with the genetics of the parents, because if you have good parent trees, there is a higher probability the new apple will be of high quality.
There are two main ways you can get apple seeds to plant.
The first option is to buy apples and plant the seeds.
So should you run out to the store and grab the first apples you see or your favorite tasting ones and plant them?
You should be able to increase your chances of success of having a new good strong vigorous apple variety that tastes good to you, by doing a little research first. It is important to select a variety that would grow well if you planted the tree in your specific climate and area, and for ones that meet that requirement, to then choose varieties that actually taste good to you! :)
Some orchards may use crab apples or other pollinators that may be undesirable if you are wanting a good apple for fresh eating. This may contribute to the reports of bad apples from planting seeds. It is possible that you could get a good or bad pollinator for the apple you are planting seeds from, so there is a big unknown using this method.
A good way to minimize this uncertainty would be to buy the apples from a local grower, preferably a permaculture or natural orchard if possible, that grows the apples naturally and grows varieties that do good in your area, and that don't use undesirable pollinators for fresh eating.
The second and better option, if possible, is to get the seeds from apples you've grown naturally at your own property, that are growing well on your own soil, and that you have the ability to directly see how the variety grows and can make sure it grows well using natural methods.
A pretty close substitute for not having your own trees, would be to get seeds from a nearby friend or neighbor.
Another valuable trait that is important for your seed apples to possess, is for it to be widely adaptable to grow across many different growing areas. This could be especially helpful if you are getting your apples from a store, and you have less of a selection to buy apples that grow well in your area. The seeds of these apples could carry this trait, and as a result the apples you grow will have the best chance at adapting and succeeding in your climate.
Both Fuji and Golden Delicious apples, which are the ones I bought from the store, are known to be widely adaptable, and Golden Delicious has a long list of good varieties that are descended from it.
Also to avoid any patent infringement or appearance of possible patent infringement, I recommend planting seeds from non patented varieties, which are usually older varieties that are some of the best ones anyway in my opinion. :)
I hope this has been helpful, and I would love for you to join me in this project. I'd love to see pictures and videos of apple trees you are growing from seed! I wish you the best!