I read the other post about the apple seedling dying and my situation is similar. I grew the seedling from an apple from the store. I had grown it to about 11 inches (30 cm) and all of a sudden the leaves went from green to brown. I don’t know why. I tried less water, more water, less sun, and more sun. What can I do?

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    Two obvious factors: Fairly small pot for a tree, and deciduous trees lose their leaves in fall. Third factor - the flowers are a pretty strong indication that the apple seed did not sprout (unsurprising, without stratification) but a weed seed did.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 12:13
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    Just as an FYI, an apple tree grown from an apple you bought from a store will likely NOT produce the same quality of fruit as you purchased. Almost all commercial apples are from trees grown from cuttings so that the genetic mix is the same as from the original tree so that they will produce the same quality of fruit. The seeds are NOT genetically the same, even if both parent trees were of the same type of apple. Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 15:53
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    @MichaelRichardson In point of actual practice, almost all commercial apple trees are grafted top to selected cloned rootstocks, not grown from cuttings. The rootstocks are choosen for desired characteristics as are the fruiting varieties for the tops.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 17:01
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    @Ecnerwal So cuttings of one for the top grafted to cuttings of another after developing it into rootstocks? Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 19:43
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    Yes. It has a cluster of flowerbuds on the top of it. Even if you are in the Southern hemisphere, they don't look like apple blossom buds. And in the Northern hemisphere, it's quite utterly the wrong time of year, plus they still don't look like apple blossom buds do. Add in a nice clear picture of a flower when one opens and someone might be able to identify the thing (please add location in the world, as well, to help that along.)
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 23, 2023 at 16:31

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It's not an apple seedling; the flower buds indicate that it's some sort of other seed that sprouted in your pot and has been taking advantage of you thinking it's an apple seedling.

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    Could this be plant mimicry?
    – kevinskio
    Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 12:21
  • It's a cuckoo plant :-) Commented Sep 24, 2023 at 11:57

Until you know better, assume that it's in the nightshade family and wash your hands after handling.

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