Here are Four Steps to Summer Pruning Espaliers. bushremove.buzz Down All Top Growth. Before you start pruning your espalier might look like this.
Lots of long wippy shoots growing upwards. You should cut all the top growth down by about half so that you can see more clearly what you’re doing. Cut off the front and back branches from the apple tree with pruning shears in early spring, leaving the central leader and side branches only.
Make the cut flush with the tree trunk. Generally, fruit trees are pruned back quite hard over winter, to promote great growth and fantastic fruit come spring.
This is no different for espaliered trees, although a couple of prunes during the warmer months (growing season) will also assist in maintaining and training, and should result in a great looking espalier in years to come. To start a basic espalier simply take your young ( year old) fruit tree and prune away all but two even branches that may be lightly pulled down to the lowest wire and tied in the middle and end.
You are training these branches to grow horizontally. You can now purchase fruit trees in an espalier form, but it's much more satisfying, and cost effective, to train your own. Here's how to get started. Selecting Your Site and Tree. Plant your apple trees in full sun (6 to 8 hours a day) on well drained, fertile soil about 15 feet apart.
A south, east, or west facing wall, fence, or building is. Sep 19, The Art of Espalier. SERIES 26 Episode Jane learns all about the art of training trees. Espaliering is a technique that encourages trees to.