OK, I don't know much about apple growing and am surprised that only rarely do apple seeds become apple trees that produce apples. What is "self pollinating"? I knew that orchards brought in bees for the chore, or to control it, but didn't realize the apple was such a picky grower. BTW, it wasn't me who sprouted apple seeds, though I did try and fail as a little kid. We had a poor producing peach tree in our backyard when I was a kid, which seemed odd for up North, and the next door neighbor had a spindly peach tree that produces a few big delicious peaches every year. When the property was sold, the new owners cut down the unassuming little tree on the edge of the yard. Made me pretty sad at the time.