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Training a tip bearing apple tree

I'm thinking of growing a tip bearing apple tree in my garden and was wondering if there are any training options that would suit it. The general advice is it's not possible to grow on a cordon, but I ...
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Is it possible to keep prunus (Yoshino and Watereri) relatively small?

I'd like to grow a bunch of trees against my wall (something like an informal espalier - I want them flat against the wall). I am unsure of the two largest trees however. Yoshino and Watereri both ...
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The Lateral branch on a Red Clapp's Pear 3 tier espalier tree broke at the graft. How can I replace it?

I reconnected and taped the original branch back in place but it eventually died. There is a healthy matching branch on the other side of the trunk. Can I cut it in 1/2 and graft the cutting onto the ...
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Can I notch a fig tree to promote branching?

I have a small garden. One area that gets a lot of sun is along a fence, so I decided to try an espaliered fig tree. My problem is that the tree doesn’t have many branches low down. Is there anything ...
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What is the proper way to prune a multi-variety stone fruit tree being trained in fan shape espalier?

I bought a multi variety stone fruit tree (cherry, prune, apricot, peach) and tied each branch/variety onto wires in a fan shape to minimize the tree footprint. But as I read more on espaliered fruit ...
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How to prune this newly bought cherry?

I bought this cherrytree (hedelfinger) for cheap. Therefore you get what you pay for I guess. I want to prune it in a good shape(open vase/goblet as I read thats the best choice. However it currently ...
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When should I prune espalier apple trees?

I have a row of 5 beautiful espalier apple trees (Jonagold, Granny Smith and Gravenstein) that are about 4 years old, and they put out huge amounts of growth over the summer. I've been pruning the ...
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Will interwoven espaliered fruit trees of different types hurt or inhibit each other?

Suppose I want to espalier a row of trees into a woven boundary, something like this: Would it matter if the trees were of different types (e.g. apple, pear, cherry, plum)? Will the interwoven ...
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U Post Espalier?

I bought some dwarf apple trees which will arrive this spring (Red Rome and Honeycrisp). I intend to espalier both, side by side on the south side of my garage. I am reading up on methods for ...
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Why does my cherry tree have no branches?

I bought a couple of dwarf cherry trees which I put in as a cordon at the edge of our garden. They just consist of a single stem - which has been cut off at the top, with no side branches. They've ...
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What trees, shrubs or vines are most suited for pleaching?

The exact application would be to arch over a long dining table in a courtyard in eastern-most New York. The two rows of trees would need to span approximately 25' at a height of less than 15' or less....
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What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

I read a recommendation that espalier should be performed with trees grafted onto dwarf roots. What challenges or problems can I expect if I don't use a dwarf tree? If it makes a difference, I'm ...
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How can I repair an apple espalier that broke off above the first lateral tier?

I have a Fiesta apple tree being trained as an espalier. I snapped the main stem, all growth in fact, above the first tier. The young tree is effectively now a T, a step-over. Will it form new shoots ...
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Difference between Espalier and Topiary

I'm looking into decorative Topiary. In my studies I've come across a similar process called Espalier. They're both shaped trees. Here's my question: What is the difference between espalier and ...
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