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Honeycrisp apple seedlings #390268

Asked March 26, 2017, 9:42 AM EDT

We have seedlings from Honeycrisp apples, which we grew over the winter by placing the seeds in a cool moist area. Some have red stems, some have green stems. They are growing rapidly. Is there any difference/concern with which color the stems are? We want to plant a couple in our back yard eventually. Please advise. Thank you

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

Whatever you get will not be Honeycrisp apples but the result of a blend of that with whatever apple pollinated the flower.  The only way to get true copies of an apple tree is by grafting.  After 7 years or so you will have a tree that produces apples which may or may not be good.  There is no way to tell what you have by the color of the seedling.
Barbara Harlan Replied March 26, 2017, 10:46 PM EDT

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