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 the earth. This will be a true replica of the Apple_tree_graftingvariety but will take quite a long time to grow and become fruitful and will also grow to the normal height of that variety, which generally means a fairly large tree.

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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