Getting excited about grafting

It's easy to take trees for granted, but trees are some of the most powerful plants on earth, and there are many high-yielding tree crops.

Whereas we tend to think of trees as growing from tiny seeds, most fruit trees are grafted - not grown from pips! In fact, most fruit trees do not take from cuttings.

A fruit tree on a strong rootstock could live for over 100 years.

Fruit trees can go on giving us food for decades and decades, generation after generation, with much less care than vegetables.

Why not learn how to graft for yourself? Horticulturist Peter May, co-author of Apples & Orchards in Sussex and our supplier for Sussex apple varieties, teaches a one-day course on the technique of chip budding each August.

Watch Peter provide an introduction to chip budding in this short YouTube video.