[NAFEX] apple seed germination

Mark Lee markl at nytec.com
Fri Oct 22 11:20:13 EDT 2004

My four year old went fruit exploring with me in my neighborhood.  We
found an apple tree that was dropping apples into the street.  He asked
me to pick one of the fruits off the tree.  He really liked this apple.
He was munching away at it, and when he got to the seeds, he collected
them.  He gave me the handful of seeds and he said "Make me a tree,
Daddy.".  I was starting to explain to him that apple trees don't come
true from seed, but then I had another idea.  I told him how apple seeds
need a cold treatment to start growing, and that apples would take years
to show up on the tree.  He could learn many things from this little

So on October 11 I popped the seeds into the frig, wrapped in a moist
paper towel in a sandwich bag.  Last night, October 21, I checked on the
seeds.  After only 10 days in the frig, one of the seeds has already
sprouted!  How could that be?  I thought it took at least 3 months for
an apple seed to sprout.  What is the typical time required for apple
seeds to sprout in the frig?

-Mark Lee, Seattle, z8a

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