Fast-growing fruit tree for kids to grow

elmalakoOctober 25, 2007


I hope this isn't a totally crazy question...

I volunteered to plant fruit tree seeds with my high-functioning-autistic son's class.

Can anyone recommend a good seed to plant indoors in November that might show some growth by January, and will hopefully eventually bear kid-friendly fruit?

I hope that's not a really tall order !

Thanks very much!


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Loretta NJ Z6

Maybe you should try the fruit and orchard forum. I don't know of any tree that is that fast to go to fruit, it takes at least a few years. Maybe some kind of berry like a strawberry? What about peppers or cherry tomatoes or beans? See if they have some better ideas over there. Also there are a few other edible type forums here you might scan through.
Maybe you could call a company like Pinetree Seeds or Johnny's and see if they can recommend something. Also, some of these seed companies have days to harvest in their catalog. Radishes and lettuce grow very fast but I'm not sure how much kids will like a radish. At least they are colorful. There are colorful lettuces too.
I grew crabapples with my kids once. We germinated the seeds in the refrigerator in a moist towel placed in a ziplock. It took 5 months just for the roots to show. After that, they only grow a few inches a year until they take.

Here is a link that might be useful: fruit and orchard forum

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