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First Apple Tree To Grow In The Philippines Is Now A Social Media's Interest

Filipinos are most likely a big fan of apple fruit. Quickly after this photo went viral in social media many of them want to know how it was successfully grow in the Philippines.

The Davao del Sur State College's Agriculture Technology graduate Benzone Kennedy Franes Sepe became the new social media's interest as people are eager to know how he able to grow the popular fruit in the world.

It was a big achievement for Sepe as it was a very challenging to grow apple in a tropical country like the Philippines. Sepe's project started in 2014 where he planted three apple seeds but after several months, two of the seedlings died. But, he became optimistic with the third seed as it continue to grow. So, Benzone has to exert more effort and continue his research how to properly grow the precious apple.
With his knowledge in propagating plants and through the help of internet, he successfully grow up the last seed. "I pruned the plant but it did not end there. I found out a proper way on the internet and that the branch should be bent for sunlight exposure," Sepe said. 

After several years of waiting and patience, he got surprised when he noticed flowers bloom, a sign that the apple tree is preparing to give fruit.

Benzone harvested the first four pinkish-red apples. When asked about the taste, "I cannot see any difference between that and a commercial apple because the juiciness and crunchiness are still there."
Benzone has posted videos on Kapatagan Apple Orchard Digos City Benzone YouTube Channel following the success of his apple tree, most likely to be the first in the Philippines.

If Benzone's apple tree will get successful in the future, this could be the future source that will boast the source of local apples in the Philippines.

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