[NAFEX] Was seeds -- Question

rmelrose at danvilleVT.net rmelrose at danvilleVT.net
Sun Mar 15 15:35:29 EDT 2009

Sarah, how would you like to tell us all what you are managing to grow in
zone 3. Quince for example -- do you have Cydonia growing or Chaenomeles,
and if so what cultivars?

Zone 4a, VT.

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> Date: Sun Mar 15 15:34:42 2009
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> Subject: [NAFEX] More on starting apple and pear seeds
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> I have grown hundreds of apples and pears from seed. I take a 500ml/1pint yogurt or sour cream container and punch some drainage holes in the bottom.  I fill it half full of moist dirt, layer my seeds in thickly and then cover them with 1/2 inch of moist dirt.  Then I place the container in a plastic bag and put the whole works in the back of the bottom shelf of my fridge for 6 weeks.  After the cold stratification is done, I pull them out and place them on a shelf over a heat vent and watch them grow! When the seedlings are about an inch or two high, I tip over the container removing and gently breaking up the root clump before transplanting them individually into 1 liter/1 quart milk cartons with drainage hole punched in the bottom.  I like to place the cartons in those shallow 40 liter underbed bins so I can move them in and out of the house to harden off without destroying the cartons.   
> I prefer to start my seeds in January as I seem to get two seasons of growth that way: they put on 12-18 inches in the house and then repeat that once they are planted out (sad growth for one year I know, but it's a cool and short summer up here!).  If you collect seeds from grocery store apples in Jan/Feb, you can even skip the cold stratification step as apparently cold storage since harvest has already done that for you.
> I just transplanted my quince, peaches (Tzim Pee Tao, Chui Lum Tao, and Bailey) and Klapperton Red pears yesterday (the Ranetka and local apples as well as Siberian Pears, apricots and plums are outside this year!).
> Sarah
> zone 3
> Edmonton, AB

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