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Follow up on starting from apple seeds

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Hi all,

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?
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Very nice seedlings.

How are they doing now?

I never tried chilling my seeds, I just plant them and trees happen.  I should try it one of these days.  But yours are looking mighty fine as they are.
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I cold-stratified about 15 apple seeds from the fall. I left them in a jar of moist soil in the fridge, and it took about 4 months for them to sprout!

Lucky yours took off so quickly!

I’ve got them in pots outside now, as of 2 weeks ago, and they all look pretty sturdy, with several of them sprouting their second sets of leaves!

Keep us updated, I’m invested in this experiment!
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Unless you picked the apple from the tree, it has already been in cold storage. Stratifying is for seeds that need to go through a winter before sprouting.
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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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