Fruit picking volunteers

Harvesting and storing apples

The length of time an apple will store depends on variety and conditions of storage. If storing at home just remember that fruit of all types hate central heating. A cellar, garage or garden shed will be a more suitable site provided they are mouse free. They need a cool, dry, dark place. The apples […]

Why do we graft?

Why do we graft? If you are lucky enough to germinate and nurture a fruit tree seed you cannot be sure what variety it will become. There are only two ways of ensuring that a variety of fruit can be truly replicated. One is to take a cutting (called a graft) and plant it in […]

Apples in the National Fruit Collection – Howgate Wonder

Apples in the National Fruit Collection – Howgate Wonder The National Fruit collection at Brogdale is home to over 2,000 apple varieties just waiting to be discovered. The Howgate Wonder is a cross between Blenheim Orange and Newton Wonder. It was first grown in 1916 at Howgate Lane in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. The tree […]

Apples in space!

Apples in space! Did you know Brogdale apples have been to space! Newton apple seeds from The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale took to the stars in 1969 on the famous Apollo 10 mission. Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. Launched on […]

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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