Firstly I’d like to say Hello and I hope your all well.
Like most of you during this time of pandemic, I have been isolated due to my daughter being ill a week or so ago, following government guidelines I self- isolated for 14 days, for which the end is in sight.
Still, I have found myself trying to propagate apple trees, cherry trees and a nectarine all from pips and stones during this time.
At first I enjoyed eating the fruit and collecting the pips and stones, then after washing the stones, I placed them on to wet toilet paper on a tray. Keeping it damp all the time (it obviously dried out through the night, so dampened in the morning). I have kept them on the window sill during this time.
After a week and a half, two (just two) of the apple pips have started to sprout/root.
Being in isolation, I can only use what I have available to me, in this case it was the packaging the apples came in, and a bag of potting compost.
Here is where the experimental element comes in. At the bottom of the packaging pot, I put a small layer of used dried tea leaves, and on top of those, a small amount of crushed Egg shell. The shell was crushed to a powder using a spoon (like a pestle and mortar).
Next I topped the pot with the compost and poked a hole with my finger. Then placed the seed pips into the holes made.
Then I covered over, watered, labelled and then placed back on the window sill.
Now I’m waiting for the first shoot to emerge, fingers crossed. I have more to watch out for and pot as I get them rooting.
I know its slow going at the moment, and we appreciate you staying with us very much in this difficult time.
Til the next installment, Stay safe, Stay well
Tony & Kiera