Apple Seeds - Antonovka
(Malus pumila 'Antonovka') Can be hardy up to Zone 1!
This wonderful apple cultivar can withstand some of the coldest north American winters, and is popular as a root stock for grafting other cultivars. Sometimes called 'The People's Apple'; the trees grow true from seed and produce a low sugar, late fruiting apple that is great for pies and cider!
This is a great rootstock apple tree with fruit that is ideal for cooking.
*Many modern apple varieties do not grow true-to-type from seed, but Antonovka Apples DO! They are an old, open pollinated variety that will produce the same kind of apple from which the seeds came.
*Apple seeds are among the first to germinate in the spring, often while soil temperatures are less than 4.5 °C, and the seedlings are generally hardy with respect to spring frost.
Cold Hardiness: Zones 1 - 7
Size: Small Tree
Growth Rate: Medium - Slow
Nitrogen Fixer: No
Native Plant: No
Germination: 60 - 80%
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Preference: Prefers moist but well draining soil. Tolerant of many soil types.
For hardier seedlings, sow seeds outdoors in Fall. If sowing indoors…
SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag, covered tray/cells or container.
STRATIFICATION: 90 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper. Inspect periodically for even moisture.
POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds 1/4” deep. Alternating soil temperatures during the day (25°C) and night (18°C) aids germination. Water evenly and regularly.
GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 30-60 days.
Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.