My own Johnny Appleseed experience
Don’t expect shop-quality apples if you try this and you’ll need a lot of patience!
However, neither of those things were in my mind as a kid, when I planted a pip from the Cox’s Orange Pippin I was eating into a small pot of soil in the back yard (the concrete Tyneside type, not the USA kind).
My first real foray into what now would be called children’s gardening or container gardening, the pip did germinate.
I looked after it, potting it on into bigger and bigger pots until it ended up in a sawn-off catering vegetable oil container (I’ll recycle anything).
There it stayed until I bought this house, which I moved into in March 1988.
As it was still in a reasonably small tub, the tree came too and it was planted in the garden.
More than 30 years later, it’s still here and flowers most years, giving me a decent crop of Cox-like apples (not identical to the parent, though).