TheVoiceOfJoyce Climate warming is effecting the British apple, pear and black currants. They can’t survive in these warmer climates and 2023, is predicted to be warmer then the last 6 years. What will the Brits do? Scientists at the Royal Botanical Gardens are planting heritage varieties of Apples, and several that are sustainable in warmer climates, they’re also planting Apples from New Zealand , Japan and South Africa. In three years, they’ll know which crops survive in our changing world. Are we experimenting with different crops in America? We’ll need to adapt our fruits and vegetables to our warming climate as well.

Classic British apples may die out and be swapped for varieties from New Zealand and Japan, as climate breakdown means traditional fruits are no longer viable.

Apples such as pippin or the the ancient nonpareil, grown in Britain since the 1500s, are struggling in the changed climate because there are not enough “chilling hours” for the trees to lie dormant in winter and conserve energy for growing fruit.

Scientists at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are planting 40 apple trees, a third of which are heritage varieties that once grew in its Georgian kitchen gardens. Another third are new varieties bred to need less cold over winter, and the final third are from warmer countries including South Africa. The varieties will be compared to see which has the best crop in London’s warming temperatures.

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