When you start gardening, you should not only plant ornamental plants but also grow fruit plants. One of the fruit plants that you can grow in the garden is apples, which are a favorite fruit for many people and can be found in different countries.
Apples are fresh and crunchy fruits rich in water, and vitamins B and C. Around the world, apples are almost the most commonly consumed fruit. As a result, the demand for apples is constantly increasing, so their cultivation is practiced on a large scale in all areas.
Ripe apples are generally red, although some are green or yellow-green when ripe. Red apples are one of the most popular apple varieties because of their appetizing red color effect. But green apples are no less famous, they still taste sweet but are usually crunchier and sometimes taste tart. All of them have their benefits.
In general, apples have a sweet taste that makes people addicted to eating them. This fruit is known to have a variety of nutritious contents that are very beneficial for the body, including carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, vitamin K and more.
If you are interested in planting apples, you can plant from seed. Here are some ways you can grow apples from seed. Materials needed 1 apple, knife, plate, a small box with a lid, or a small jar with tissues.
How to sow apple seeds
- Cut the apple into 2 parts and separate the core from the fruit.
- Put the apple seeds on the plate.
- Fold the tissue over the lid of a small plastic box or jar.
- Spray a little water on the tissue area to just wet it.
- Transfer the apple seeds to a plastic box lined with a damp cloth. Arrange the apple seeds neatly and spaced them apart. Apple seeds placed in the lid of the box and lined with tissue paper become a place for sowing apple seeds.
- Cover the apple seeds in the lid of the box with a handkerchief. The apple seedling tool is ready and you can take the box and seal it tight.
- For the apple seeds to grow as expected, put them in a cool place for 15 days, but do not refrigerate.
- After 15 days you can see the result of your apple seed sowing on the lid of the box that has been lined with a damp cloth. Apple cores that have been left for 15 days should have sprouted. When the apple seeds sprout, you can proceed with the transplanting process. If the sprouts aren’t already broken, you can store them again in the lid of the box lined with a damp cloth.
- For transplanting apple seeds that have germinated or are beginning to become seeds, prepare a plastic pot filled with fertile soil as a place for transplanting apple seeds that are beginning to grow.
- Make a hole in the ground and insert the apple cores that are starting to become seeds. Cover or bury the seeds of apple seeds with soil, then gently blot them up. Then rinse the planting surface of the apple seeds with water so that the soil is moist. Bring the flower pot with the apple seeds to room temperature and expose them to direct sunlight. If you apply all the things described above, the apple seed can grow into an apple tree in the long future.
- When the apple seeds grow into small apple trees, you can move them to the ground. Quoting the flower seeds page, when the apple seeds you planted in small pots have grown, do not move them to the ground immediately. You have to pay close attention to this, if not, then it can damage the budding apple tree because basically the stems, roots, and leaves are still in danger of death. So you have to wait until the apple tree reaches a height of 25 cm. After that you can do the following things:
- Plant a small apple tree in moist, neutral pH soil.
- Strive for land to plant apple trees that can be exposed to direct sunlight, if necessary plant apple trees that face east.
- Be sure to provide the small apple tree with plenty of space for the root growth process. When planting several apple trees, leave a distance of about 4.5 or 5 meters between one seedling and the other.
- Water your small apple tree 10-12 times. But when she grows large, watering can be reduced. Essentially, apple trees cannot grow on dry soil and soil that is too wet. Water regularly to keep the soil moist.
- Providing nutrients to apple trees in the form of NPK 10-10-10 fertilizer. You need to continue to monitor the growth of the apple tree and do not forget to protect it from diseases and pests that cause damage. It is noted that the success rate of planting apples from seeds is not as smooth as planting cuttings. However, the advantage of growing apples from seed is that you can get a whole apple tree that grows tall from the roots to the tips of the leaves. Therefore, there is no harm in trying the above steps if you are a person who is patient and a little troublesome when it comes to gardening.