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Fruit Trees from Seed

Apple Seedlings

Apple Seedlings

Cloning Fruit trees does not look very promising, and although I’m not giving up, I’ve decided to hedge my bets a bit by trying the one guaranteed way to get new plants: from seed. I should be very clear about this up front: When you grow fruit (especially apples) from seed, your not guaranteed much. These tiny seedlings could grow up to be the most sought after apple variety to date, but the odds are quite steep against getting a tree that grows anything but crab apples. Wildlife will eat crab apples,  so I guess the worst case scenario would be to fatten the local deer up a bit.
Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches

Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches

I’m also starting some other types of seeds, ones in which the odds of success are very much stacked in my favor: Pears, Plums and Peaches. Here’s how I do it: Purchase locally grown produce, and get some kids to eat the fruit. Save the seeds, and let them dry for a day or so, then place in a zip lock bag, and store them in the freezer for about three months. Thaw them out, and place the seeds in a small tray of water till they begin to sproat.  Place the sproating seeds in containers with Miracle Grow, covered with only 1/4 inch of soil at most.  Keep the dirt moist.  When the last chance of frost has pasted they can be moved outside.

Be sure to mark where you plant them, and what type of tree is planted there. It’s very easy to forget in a year or so.
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  1. February 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Have you tried lemon or lime seeds? I really want a meyer lemon tree. I’m wondering if I should just buy a fruit and try to grow one from seed, or if I should order a small tree online.

    • February 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      I’ve never tried a lemon or lime from seed, but I can’t imagine it being imposible. I live in Northwest PA, so those two are out of my growing zone. If your far enough south to grow the fruit outside, I’d definately try to grow them from seed first. If not, you can purchase a Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree at http://gurneys.com/dwarf-meyer-lemon-fruit-tree/p/13883/

      I have two dwarf banana plants in my kitchen, which are about two years old, and three foot tall. They are doing very well with just the sunlight from a bay window. I’ve been thinking about getting some citrus trees to add to my collection, but I really have too many indoor plants already….. = )

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