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Old 13.04.2018, 13:21
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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So there is a slim chance, good to hear. The seeds come from an apple tree that was planted in our garden in 1931 for the birth of someone, the tree was chopped down in 2013. We tried to get roots to grow from twigs we pulled off the tree, but failed, and they all went mouldy so we threw them out. We do however have the seeds from one of its apples.

So would you recommend to just simply stick a seed in a pot of compost and water it, or is there another way of doing it?

Many thanks.
It's too late for that now, but in case this happens to anybody else, the best thing would be to buy a quince or crabapple or something like that from a garden center and graft several twigs onto it before the old tree gets chopped.

There are plenty of youtube videos teaching different grafting techniques. Success rate is normally pretty high if you do everything right. Or failing that, ask a professional gardener.

Unless you're using some potent rooting powder, I don't think the twigs take root in soil.

Best way to germinate a pip is to stick it in compost and keep it moist. Now is the right time of year so don't wait too long.

Maybe rather than regular geranium compost, look around in your garden center for seeding comost. Typically it is less agressive. A young seedling won't need top nutrients. The seed itself contains all it needs for the first phases of growth. It's only for the subsequent repottings that you need nutritional compost. But if you can't find any, no worries.

From experience, the toughest time for apple seedlings is the first year. so be sure to take good care during the first year and make sure it always has sufficient moisture, etc and that you keep caterpillars, aphids and other nasties away from it. If it survives the first year, at the end of which it will set its first wood, it will probably go on to grow into a nice tree.
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