[NAFEX] apple trees from seed
colleendaly at videotron.ca
Sat Dec 20 18:33:30 EST 2008
I have been starting seedlings from Fameuse apples which are
raised in a small heritage apple orchard. I just put the seeds in the
with a little damp peat moss. This is the 3rd year that I have done
this; if it is like the other years in about 20 - 30 days about 90%
of the seeds will start sprouting. I will then put them in small
plastic pots (early January) and then transfer them to larger pots in
April. I let them
grow for a year in the larger plastic pots. In the Fall I will bury
them and the follwoing year place them in a nursery. The apples I started 3
years ago will be put out to a permanent spot in 2009. It is really
The reason I chose Fameuse is because I have read that they
will produce apples very much like the fruit they came from.
Does anyone have hard evidence that this is, in fact, true? I guess
I will know for sure in about another 5-7 years.
Gatineau, Quebec zone 5; some planting in zone 3/4
Richard MURPHY wrote:
> Oh no, it's Murph, and he's gonna talk again.................
> Last year, I saved a few apple seeds from various apples from my
> orchard, and from Fenton's. I stratified them for a few months, then
> planted them in pots. Some sprouted, some didn't. A couple months
> later, I was cleaning out the fridge, and I noticed that ALL the seeds
> I had left over from stratification had SPROUTED FINE !! Apparently, I
> jumped the gun in planting them. This year, I will wait until I see at
> least one or two sprouts before planting a each different variety.
> Hopefully, the fact that these seeds come from two small orchards
> having dozens of varieties, will create a more complex collection of
> results than seed gathered from Supermarket apples which are usually
> grown in large blocks. Last year's winners were Cortland and Golden
> Delicious, as far as tree vigor, leaf size, branch habit, etc. The
> Wolf Rivers that grew, turned into little shrubs!
> I'm also trying a few Surefire cherries from seed, just to see
> what happens. Does anybody have a 'favorite' apple variety for
> starting from seed? This is all just for fun; not a commercial venture.
> Peace, Fruit Fans.
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