Friday, April 4, 2008

an apple tree in the living room

my roomate's son and i started a bunch of apple seeds last month. we wrapped them in damp paper towel, stuck them in a ziplock bag and left them on the windowsill. when one of them sent out a shoot we created a little greenhouse for it.
you can't really see it, but there's a little white finger sticking out of the soil. the greenhouse is a water bottle cut in half, with three layers inside. in the bottom is eggshells (for drainage) then a layer of old jasmine tea leaves (for nutrients) topped with about 1 1/2 inches of soil. the top lifts off easily. i watered it until the water was up near the top of the eggshells, as you can see.

after a couple of weeks the little plant hadn't grown, but it had turned reddish. i was puzzled. i thought maybe that seed had something wrong with it and went to check the other seeds i'd started germinating in the paper towel. one had grown much bigger than the original one i'd planted, and it turns out that apple seeds send out roots before leaves! i dug up the first seedling and threw it in the compost and planted the whole of the second seed. i didn't take a picture since there was nothing to see.
the next morning i had this:

a baby apple tree!
two days later it looks like this:


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