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Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 23:46

Really doubt you can do this Lirio but I totally respect and admire both your community spirit wnd your desire to recover those trees.  Wish you well and do so most sincerely 

apple and pear wood becomes more gnarled over time and therein lies the issue. 

I see espaliers for sale pre formed with multiple branches, see people train espaliers by pulling and tying down several branches.  True espaliers, I think, should have a tier trained one per year.  Year one the lowest tier; year 2 the next tier; year 3 the next tier.  A 5 tiered tree would take 5 years.  To do all this in reverse ???  


Posted: 09/03/2017 at 23:14


Is this fair?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 23:12

Frank, I am enjoying a rather nice rum and you have made me laugh so much.  Brilliant.  Soooooo funny   Who else but you can  write like that?  

Yes, I am a naughty boy....a very naughty boy 

Fruit tree pruning - Spring or Winter, where are we?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 23:06

liriodendron,,it would prob be better to start again with maidens. cutting back into old wood so drastically can be self defeating.   Not sure you can bring back conventionally grown trees into espaliers or cordons.  How do you plan to do that?  Training espaliers etc., is about bending supple new wood, for example, on young trees.  Doing this on essentially thick old wood is tricky to say the least.

that mass of new shoots does not produce the sort of wood to convert into espaliers or cordons.  

Espaliers, etc. are essentially flat trained against a wall ...?  

Where do you buy your plants online

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 22:58

Mark, Marmalade, double orange, Tiki Torch,  Sundown .  Tomato Soup has never appealed to me.  Grow some called Cheyenne Spirit .....nice large orange amongst them.  


Posted: 09/03/2017 at 22:02

Old Ben Murphy is available SGL.    And he will take off his shirt but prob better if he doesnt 

Pruning new Apple tree

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 21:45

Not too difficult.  So you want two main support branches.  That's ok.  Select the two you want, remove vertical to top two laterals,  remove everything else.  Those two branches will grow fast.  Adjust to make growth even by lowering slightly the most vigorous branch if necessary but chances are they will match. Just have fun with it 

Where do you buy your plants online

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 21:04

I'n more into buying plants that aren't generally available except online.  new varieties, often better ones, so it's not so much about price.  However, I always compare prices for those too.

don't just look at the bog standard varieties in the gc.......just about every plant has been improved these days.  Some amazing plants available from astilbes with dark purple foliage, to the modern echinaceas, to hardier agastaches with colours not dreamed of a few years back to wonderful salvias far removed from those we grew before.  have a look folks 

Pruning new Apple tree

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 20:30

Mick, yes you can cut to problem.  You want it to be more bush like rather than tree like.  I have done this to several apple trees.  The trees are now short and sooooo easy to pick from.  

If you prune the remaining branches to outward buds you develop a wider plant;  prune to inward buds and you develop a more narrow, more upright tree.  

Lupins and Bluebonnets

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 20:18

I will stay tuned Peggy....I'm hooked now 

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