This years Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is a centenary year and tied into that celebration is a stand dedicated to 100 years of research into the humble apple tree.
The stand focusses on how decades of research into the apple tree have transformed it from the original tree from the Tien Shan mountains. Over the years, the apple has undergone several “renovations” to make it hardier, through research and grafting.
All the modern varieties that we enjoy today are a result of being grafted onto hardier root stocks, much like Old World grape vines. This grafting made the trees less vulnerable to wind and water logging. The apple tree on display on the stand had been carefully extracted during the English winter and kept in cold storage to keep it in its dormant state. It should be lovely to watch it awaken as the Spring goes on.
Directory: RHS Chelsea Flower Show