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Here it is usual to put a grease band around the trunk to prevent insects and larvae crawling up to the fruit buds. See this.


These sound like trees trained as espaliers, though espaliers usually have several horizontal "layers" to get more fruit with a restricted height so that it can all be picked from ground level. For good results you need to choose suitable varieties, grafted onto suitable root stocks. Note this is not an "instant gratification" technique and it will take a ...

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