If Johnny Appleseed were planting apples in 2014, he would be planting dwarf or semi-dwarf trees grafted onto disease-resistant rootstocks instead of apple seeds from a leather satchel. Grafting is like plant surgery for horticulturists, connecting the growing tissues of one plant to another.
Be the Johnny Appleseed of your neighborhood this spring and plant an apple tree for your family and the squirrels for years to come. Buy fruit trees or order whips from the Internet. Whips are dormant bare root trees planted in early spring.