A few months ago, around August I think, I was munching on an apple when one of the pips fell out. Of course, my natural curiosity spurred me on to ask the question "Can I grow an apple tree from a pip?" Come on, who hasn't asked themselves that same question?!
So I decided I would find out. I planted eight pips to be on the safe side-I figured my chances of growing anything were greatly increased if I planted lots of pips. The fact that the apple I was eating only had eight pips is neither here nor there...
They started off in little yoghurt pots and I was super excited to see, after some extreme patience, that five out of eight of my little pips had germinated and were sprouting through the earth.
Of course, they eventually got too big to remain in the yoghurt pots. They needed more space to start spreading their roots so I repotted them into large plastic plant pots which seemed to absolutely dwarf them!
Here they are in their new homes, as of the end of September.
Oh dear. This is where I have to make a confession...I named them! I know, I know, clearly I'm sad and have too much time on my hands but I was so proud that they had actually grown and, more importantly, more than one had grown!
So, with five apple plants I needed five names. I picked one of my favourite musical guilty pleasures, Il Divo, and used the four names of the members in the band: Carlos, Urs, Sebastian and David. This left me with a nameless fifth plant. Continuing in the theme of musical idols, I named the last one Michael (after Mr Buble of course!)
So there we had it, five little apple plants. I did think five might become four when poor Urs was taken down with a bug infestation but since being repotted, he's doing fantastically!
Two months on, (this is the really exciting part, for me anyway!) this is what they're looking like now:I literally can't believe they've done so well! They're getting too big to keep in the kitchen much longer (excuse the dirty kitchen window!) but I'm afraid to put them outside during the winter, in case Jack Frost attacks them!
Apparently, it will be a good four or five years before I could get any fruit off them, and even then, it might not be edible, but I don't care! If they grow into trees, I will be one happy bunny!
Look out for updates on the boys in the future. You can count on my motherly excitement to bring you more news and photos!
Let's just say I'm not going to have any problem keeping the doctor away, if the old saying is true!