Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mesha Appleseed

Mesha has been wanting to plant an apple tree from seed for awhile now.

Regular apple trees are grafts (clones) of a parent plant on a rootstock. The rootstock gives it size and hardiness and the graft gives you the type of apple.

Planting from seed is not so exact. Each seed in an apple can produce a different apple type, none of which are likely to be the parent. Many chances is that you will end up with a crabapple which is used in many orchards as a pollinator.

But when I saw this sprout inside the Pink Lady I was cutting up for lunch yesterday I saw our chance.

So before school today Mesha potted it up and put it in the garden window.

I am quite sure she will be checking it daily for progress.

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