Growing Apple Trees From Seeds

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Growing Apple Trees From Seeds: an activity for children of all ages. In this activity, children will experiment with growing apple seeds into new trees. This experiment is a lesson in patience and a good example of how we have obtained not just many varieties of apples, but of all the food that has been grown and developed over thousands of years!

  • Supplies:
    • 12 apple seeds (have fun eating the apples to get them!)
    • 1 egg carton
    • potting soil
    • 1 medium planting pot
    • refrigerator
    • gardening notebook/journal
    • pencil and eraser
    • cardstock paper
    • page protectors
    • patience
  • Fill each cell of an egg carton with slightly damp potting soil.
  • Next, place one seed into the soil of each cell, pushing it down into the soil and covering it up with a little more soil. Then place it in the refrigerator.
  • After 60 days or more remove the carton, place it in a warm place and keep the soil moist until one or more of your seeds sprout (It’s likely many of them won’t sprout but you have 12 chances).
  • Once your seedling is a couple of inches tall transplant it to your planting pot with more potting soil. Keep the soil level on the stem the same as it was in the egg carton.
  • Continue keeping the soil moist but not soaking wet.
  • After a few weeks (and it’s not freezing anymore outside) start “hardening off” the seedling by taking it out during the day and bringing it in again at night. When there is no chance of frost you can leave it outside permanently. Keep it in the pot in a mostly shady spot for the entire season.
  • Next spring plant the seedling in the ground or transplant it to a larger permanent pot.
  • Record methods, observations, and other pertinent details on a piece of paper.
  • Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal. You may want to add pictures of your tree at the different stages as well.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.