Friday, November 2, 2012

Organic Fruit Seed Saving and Growing

We decided to try to save some seeds from some of the organic fruit that is available for sale from our local Kroger. We know that there is a slim chance that the seeds will grow the same fruit as the parent but we decided to try anyway. We will probably grow these indoors for the first few years and see what will grow.

We are going to try four different types of apples (Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp), a lemon, a lime, a pear, and a pomegranate. Here are some photos of the fruit and how we saved the apple seeds. We have not saved the seeds from the others yet because we have not eaten the fruit yet. But we post an update when we do.

 Here is how we saved the apple seeds. First we cut the apples with an apple corer.

All of us enjoyed the fruit and then we popped out the seeds from the core. We put the seeds in a damp paper towel and then put them in a baggie. After labeling the bags with the names and date we put the bags in the frig. The seeds should germinate in 5-6 weeks. Apples have about a 30% germination rate so hopefully we will get a few plants out of these. We don't think the Granny Smith was ripe, hence only having two seeds.

 Once we have saved the seeds from the other fruit, we will post an update.

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