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September 21st, 2007, 12:35 PM
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About 2 1/2 years ago, my kids and I planted some apple seeds from an apple to see what would happen. We didn't really think they'd grow, but sure enough they did. We now have what looks like an apple bush, not a tree. It's about 18 inches high but never flowers or anything, it just keeps growing into a bigger bush. Has anyone ever tried this before or have any suggestions on what to do with it? We have the space to let it grow, so we'll just leave it and keep watering it but I was just curious if anyone knew what would eventually happen.


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September 21st, 2007, 12:50 PM
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I don't know how long it takes for an apple tree to reach maturity. I think I'd just let it keep growing and see what happens.

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September 21st, 2007, 01:29 PM
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A lot of commercial fruits are hybrids. One tree will be cross pollinated with another to achieve maximum production, not flavor usually. When they do that alot of the fruit produced will produce seeds that don't fruit. At least that is what I have read in my own research. It is kind of like graphting roses, if you get just he wild graph the roses aren't as pretty, but the one usually graphed on is beautiful, but not as hardy. Does that make sense?

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September 21st, 2007, 03:23 PM
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yes I was going to say what with all the hybrids you may or may not get fruit. I think an apple tree needs to be about 7 years old to fruit. But it's cool to watch a seed sprout and grow like that anyway!

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