Growing apple trees from seed

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Old 03-05-07, 09:18 AM
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Growing apple trees from seed

(I searched the forums and didn't see another thread on this: my apologies if it has been asked elsewhere).

My parents discovered a wild apple tree growing on their wooded property that produces the most delicious, tangy, crisp apple. I have since collected seeds from the fruit and am wondering how I can propagate it. I've never grown a tree from seed so am looking for the best way to proceed. I have heard that at some point, in order for the tree to be as healthy and productive as possible, I will have to do a root graft. Is this true?

Any insight will be appreciated.
 
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Old 03-05-07, 11:03 AM
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You will find that planting the seeds of an apple tree won't necessarily get you the same apples. These trees cross pollinate. This should explain it.
http://www.treehelp.com/howto/howto-propagate-fruits-and-nuts.asp

Do read 'What cultivar or rootstock to plant?' from this site.
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06021.htm

Training and pruning apple trees.
http://www.eap.mcgill.ca/CPTFP_7.htm

You might want to graft from the original tree. I can get you more sites on grafting if you would like to do this.
http://www.freeplants.com/grafting_fruit_trees_and_ornamental_plants.htm

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Old 03-05-07, 11:29 AM
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So if I read this right, to come as close as possible to the original, I should plant the seeds, and use those for the rootstock against which I graft cuttings from the original tree?
 
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Old 03-07-07, 11:08 AM
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Yes, you could use the budding technique for this.
http://www.freeplants.com/budding_fruit_trees_and_ornamental_plants.htm

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Old 03-19-07, 04:32 PM
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Starting from seed can be a bit risky...
I have an experiment going on with cherry trees. I saved about a hundred pits and got 90% to germinate. The sprouts did well initially and it was easy to see that I had two differnet varieties. The less common variety died off after about a month. Now, after three months I'm down to about 20 plants and I seem to loose a couple every week. I'm getting a real understanding of why many varieties are grafted. It appears as though I have nice plants with poor roots.
 
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