The Q&A Archives: Apples From Seed

Question: I have been reading previous Q & A's about apple trees from seed and would like to try it. Do you have any suggestions as far as the best type of apple to begin the process from?

Answer: Most apples available today are hybrids and will not come true from seed. As an offhand guess, I should think some of the antique varieties would have a better chance of producing viable trees however. If you don't mind crabapples, there are a few that come true from seed according to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants". Among them is Malus hupehensis. The Sargent crabapple will reportedly also usually come true from seed although with some size variations. Have fun with your project!

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