Wellesley Cottage Garden

Espalier apple trees in bloom

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Eve's Garden Design added this to Papst20 May 2019

E: planting option, espaliered fruit trees on wire between wood posts

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Christiane de Villiers added this to Garden ideas9 Nov 2018

Training a tree into an espalier against a wall adds a formal touch to a garden or courtyard and saves valuable planting space. You can purchase a tree already staked as an espalier or train one yourself, if the tree is between three and five years old and still has finger-width-sized lateral branches. If you’re planning to train the espalier yourself, plant the tree against a wall and add trellising to support the espalier structure. Then, choose the primary lateral branches (often in matched pairs for a symmetrical form) and gently pull them down into straight, horizontal lines, fastening them to the trellising. Remove other lateral branches and cut the top part of the trunk where it meets the top of the trellis to encourage lateral growth.

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packrat12 added this to Backyard Ideas5 Oct 2018

9. Add an elegant espalier. Training a tree into an espalier against a wall adds a formal touch to a garden or courtyard and saves valuable planting space. You can purchase a tree already staked as an espalier or train one yourself, if the tree is between three and five years old and still has finger-width-sized lateral branches. If you’re planning to train the espalier yourself, plant the tree against a wall and add trellising to support the espalier structure. Then, choose the primary lateral branches (often in matched pairs for a symmetrical form) and gently pull them down into straight, horizontal lines, fastening them to the trellising. Remove other lateral branches and cut the top part of the trunk where it meets the top of the trellis to encourage lateral growth.

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