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Old 10-16-2013, 03:40 AM   #31
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Apples are usually propagated from grafted branches. Growing from seed doesn't guarantee you'll duplicate the apple you bit into. I don't know all the botanical stuff but maybe our resident Master Gardener could help you if you have questions.
I don't have any questions since I am not going to be starting an orchard this year.
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Apples are usually propagated from grafted branches. Growing from seed doesn't guarantee you'll duplicate the apple you bit into. I don't know all the botanical stuff but maybe our resident Master Gardener could help you if you have questions.
As I understand it, it's the hybrids that don't necessarily breed true. And you would have to have an apple tree of the type you want, so you could cut branches off to graft onto another tree.
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As I understand it, it's the hybrids that don't necessarily breed true. And you would have to have an apple tree of the type you want, so you could cut branches off to graft onto another tree.
It's more complicated than that. This explains it better than I can: http://treesandshrubs.about.com/od/p...esfromseed.htm

And you don't need to get grafts from a tree. You can get grafts from existing grafts.

The apple cookbook I have describes a tree at an orchard entrance that is covered with grafts from dozens of apple varieties. I'd love to see that someday.
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It's more complicated than that. This explains it better than I can: Can You Grow Apples From Seeds?

And you don't need to get grafts from a tree. You can get grafts from existing grafts.

The apple cookbook I have describes a tree at an orchard entrance that is covered with grafts from dozens of apple varieties. I'd love to see that someday.
I didn't know that about apples. Thanks for the link. Yeah, I realize you don't need a whole tree for a graft, just some tree that has a graft with enough branches that one is willing to cut off some.

I knew someone who told me that his parents, in Portugal, had a citrus tree with grafts. It grew lemons, limes, oranges, and one other kind of citrus fruit.
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