Cheapo Apple trees trial

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  1. BenAllgood

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    Realizing results might be dismal and it may be years before seeing results, I made some grow bags out of some black breathable fabric from some kind of packaging. My daughter collected some of the apple seeds from some store bought apples we ate and put them in the fridge to sprout. I'm going to "cage" these in the spring in some cut brushpiles. Screenshot_20191222-180450_Gallery.jpg
     
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    Those make great rootstock if you want to graft them in a few years. That’s what I do.
     
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    I really enjoy growing apple trees from seed for some reason. I only started doing it last year, but it just feels rewarding because if it works out then I’ll have free apple trees instead of paying $20-30 per tree if I can master the grafting aspect.
    I recently put at least 100 seeds in the fridge and now I’m just waiting for them to sprout so I can get some growing in pots under grow lights.
    Somehow I had a single seed sprout after just a few weeks (none of the others have sprouted yet). It’s about 4 inches tall now and looks to be a vigorous grower.
    I picked the apples myself from a local tree, so I know the early germinator wasn’t in cold storage before being placed in a store. Hmmmmm


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    And a note to people growing apples in pots over the summer:
    Apple trees are a C3 type of plant (describes how it fixes carbon), which tells you that its optimum photosynthesis temperature is 65-75 degrees. When the temperature rises above 75 degrees, the plant’s ability to perform photosynthesis will get worse.

    Because of this, you may want to consider bringing the trees inside during the dog days of summer (if you’ve got a grow light or a good window and AC). I have noticed that my apple trees do phenomenal in indoor conditions.

    Am I overthinking it? Sure am


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    What size do the trees need to be before putting them in the ground? I would have thought as soon as possible if not the dead of winter or summer?
     
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    I plant mine in their permanent spot the winter after I start them. Let them grow a couple years then top work them to the final variety.
     
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    Yup I plan on putting mine in the ground after one full growing season


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    For grins, I have one in my yard that I grafted three varieties too. It’s cool.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Got any pictures? That’s a tempting idea lol


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    Got 12 going and will keep adding more.
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    I can get one with the leaves off.
     
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