frut tree - Knowledgebase Question

philadelphia, pa
Question by dardeb215
September 3, 2007
One of my frut trees (plum) died and I have an apple tree near by that I want to take seeds from and plant it in the space of the removed dead tree, will this grow to be an apple tree?

Answer from NGA
September 3, 2007


You may be able to grow an apple tree by planting apple seeds, yes. However, most of the apple trees we grow for fruit are hybrids. This means the tree you grow from a seed will not match the parent tree you took the seed from. Also, most apple trees are grafted onto strong rootstocks, some of which control the mature size of the tree as well. If you want to have a good quality bearing apple tree it would be better to plant a name variety tree with predictable quality fruit, disease resistance and in a size range that fits the space. Otherwise you may wait five years to get your first apple from the tree and discover it is more like a crabapple than something you would want to eat. That would be sad.

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