Kirk Hutchison wrote: Thanks for telling me about this! After reading this article I contacted these people and got them to send be seeds! . Apple breeding, here I come!
Rose Lee wrote:Hi Scott,
I was one of those lurkers who was inspired by this OP. Back in fall 2013 I contacted Cornell University and requested seeds. I stratified 10? seeds in my refrigerator that winter, but after that I'm ashamed to say I pretty much did everything possible to try to destroy them. I left the sprouted seeds in the care of my sister's ex-boyfriend while I lived abroad for a year. When I returned, I planted the coddled seedlings with no protection on property with a resident deer herd. I thought they were definitely goners, as the deer ate them down to nubs. However, they were back again the next two years for a new level of abuse - droughty summers with no irrigation (remember the 50+ days of no rain, PNWers?). I was again out of the country for a month, and left the poor seedlings to fend for themselves. As of August 2017 they were still surviving! Unfortunately I forgot to take pics before the leaves fell off, but I did find these pics from 2014, when they were still in pots.
The rest of the seeds (they sent me a 'small' sampling of 100!) have been in my refrigerator for 4 years. I'm going to stratify some this winter, to hopefully sprout in spring, but I've learned since then that refrigerators really aren't the best place to keep seeds, so we'll see. I'll keep you posted on the seeds and the seedlings come spring.
Rose Lee wrote:I stratified 16 more seeds this year, but I left them in the back of the fridge and they froze! (I couldn't even open the paper towel they were in.) I thought I had killed them, but so far, 5/16 seeds have radicles!