About 2 weeks ago I ate 2 apples, saved the seeds and I put them directly between wet paper towels after breaking the seed tips. Basically I didn't do the cold stratification on the seeds and after 2 weeks 3 of them already sprouted.
Is it because the apple probably shipped in a freezer container? Or maybe cold stratification is not really needed?
What happens to the seed when going through a cold stratification?
I think any apples you buy from the store are more than likely already cold stratified. Many times they spend weeks to months in a cooler warehouse before being shipped to stores. We bought a bag of organic apples recently and they were really tasty. I noticed one on one I was cutting up that one of the seeds appeared to be sprouting. The hull was split and it looked like something was growing out, so I put it and two other seeds in little starter pods that I use to start my tomatoes and peppers. Within a day the one that looked like it had sprouted was an inch tall. This morning I checked them and one of the other two has sprouted! I'm really excited to start replenishing the apple trees on the farm. When my grandpa was alive and I was little, I recall over a dozen apple trees on the farm. There are only 3 now. Thankfully my favorite tree is still alive and I took a bunch of cuttings off it this spring to try and get some new trees growing.
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