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My boyfriend has turned me on to direct from China websites (where he orders his flashlight batteries). I was browsing through one, just to see what weird items I'd run across today, and found seeds. Lots and lots and lots of seeds, for pretty dern cheap.

 

Right now I'm looking at apple tree seeds. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/30-SEEDS-RED-APPLE-TREE-VERY-FRAGRANT-SWEET-CRISP-GARDENING-SEEDS-PLUS-MYSTERIOUS-GIFT/406915_749824436.html

 

I've seen these patio apple trees before (I think it was Miller Nurseries used to sell "Single Study Stem" trees), but don't like the price tag. It just seems odd to buy seeds from China - could the seeds harbor some kind of bacteria that isn't native here?

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post #2 of 7

I was reading that they put black ink on sesame seeds to call them black sesame seeds. To eat.


So I would buy only USA items. But that's just me.

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post #3 of 7
Maybe that's the mysterious gift. Look at the link! Haha. Buy it and let us know. If there is a bacteria ill pay for the seeds lol.png
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You might need a phytosanitary certificate to import seeds from some countries into the U.S. legally. I would check on the USDA site and find out what varieties are restricted from what countries first before importing. I think phytos for small lots of seeds are free still but of course it all depends on if the seed is on the no no list and what country it is coming from. I haven't checked in a while so don't take my word on it, just check the USDA site and/or call them first.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/plant_exports/pcit.shtml

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Specializing in Solid Black and Blue Marans also have: Wheaten,Golden Cuckoo, Blue/Blk Copper,barred BTB, BTB, blue/blk birchen Marans.  Lavender, white, buff, chocolate, black Orps, Silkies, Key West aka Gypsy chickens, Ameraucanas, Muscovies, Sebastapol Geese, Guineas,Gobblers, Parrots. 

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post #5 of 7

I doubt you will have any luck with an apple tree grown from seed--regardless of the source--especially in IL.  Generally ALL the varieties are grafted onto a hardy rootstock--it's the rootstock that also makes the apple varieties dwarfs. 

 

How big of a garden are you planting that it could possibly be beneficial to order seeds from China?

 

ETA: more about growing fruit from seeds, and why it probably won't work: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/save-yourself-the-heartache-dont-grow-fruit-trees-from-seed/

I would wager that anybody selling Apple Tree Seeds is a scam artist preying on folks that don't know any better. 


Edited by popsicle - 5/30/13 at 2:16pm
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post #6 of 7
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See, that's what I thought. I've only ever gotten one apple to sprout and it didn't make it.

 

That was really just an example. What really got me were varieties of "rose seeds" - another thing I have ALWAYS heard is just a lost cause. I was kind of tempted, just to see if I could swing it, since they're so cheap. They also had some crazy strawberry seeds up there which, again, were just tempting. None of it is a necessity. Sometimes I get into a "let's do this and see where it gets me" mindset. 

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Yes, you have to apply for an import lisence through the usda to get seeds from other countries. The process is time consuming but do-able. Then it will take a month for your seeds to ship because they have to go through customs.

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