Started apple seeds a couple of times this way and worked out great so we tried it with seeds from a local pear tree,that produces and abundance medium size sweet fruit. We bought a basket of pears from the owner and kept the seeds from the nicer fruit and let them dry over night. The next day we put the seeds into a moist paper towel (not wet) and labeled it in a zip lock baggie. Put into bottom of fridge and check on seeds every couple of weeks or so. Had to change the paper towel out once because of mold starting. Here we are in February and we have at least 20 new pear tree starts for free. The seeds may not produce fruits like the mother tree but should grow very well in our area. This will be the second winter for our apple seedlings most went into the winter 18-24 inches and looking very well. The first year they were all top browsed on by deer and came back strong.
We plant them in a moist plant starter mix. Root down, seed level with top of soil and we give them a few days before putting them in direct light.
This is a great way for us to start many fruit trees for our permaculture farm for free. It may take 6- 10 years or more before we see any fruit from these trees depending on if we graph to them or not, but they are almost free to make.
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