The gambles of growing from a pip
When you grow an apple tree from a pip, would the result be a wild tree that needs to be grafted?
Ursula Riniker, via email
AWith an apple pip, it may grow into a small tree with tasty fruits, but is more likely to grow large and unruly, or have sour-tasting fruits – there is no way of knowing its eventual character.
There is no way of knowing how vigorous the rootstock will be, either. There are probably lots of unnamed, or ‘wild’, apple trees grown from planted pips or from the pips of fallen or discarded fruits.
However, most apple trees have been grafted using selected stock to produce superior, more productive, trees to those raised from seed.
Therefore, when grafting, it is better to use carefully selected material (rootstock and scion) that has a good track record.
Grafting is a great way to grow trees