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When should I prune espalier apple trees?

It's not too late to prune, especially if it hasn't frozen over yet. Try to avoid pruning right after a rainy period to avoid disease and rotting.
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When should I prune espalier apple trees?

The end of the growth season (i.e. in September) is the best time. It's easier to see what you are doing before the leaves have fallen. You missed that deadline, so do it right now. If you prune ...
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How can I repair an apple espalier that broke off above the first lateral tier?

A healthy apple tree will produce a profusion of new shoots in an area where much growth has been removed. This will be even more apparent if you fertilize with a nitrogen rich fertilizer. In your ...
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What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

Apples and pears are very similar, so that makes this answer much simpler. You want a tree with moderated growth, because otherwise you end up with huge amounts of growth and very little fruit. You ...
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Why does my cherry tree have no branches?

Did you buy mini patio cherry trees? These are sold with a single stem, and often retain the single stem growth habit for the first 3 or 4 years, longer in pots. They will eventually branch a bit, but ...
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Is it possible to keep prunus (Yoshino and Watereri) relatively small?

Whilst not wanting to rain on your parade, what you have outlined is not a good idea for various reasons. First, in the UK, cherry Prunus varieties are susceptible to silver leaf infection, which ...
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U Post Espalier?

I'll start by saying that I've never espaliered anything, but I do understand the basics. The reason you espalier a tree is so that you can get all the limbs very close to your house. The theory is ...
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What is the proper way to prune a multi-variety stone fruit tree being trained in fan shape espalier?

On short term, you should choose which variety you want to keep. Forget to have 4 varieties: they will fight to have food from root. Only one will survive. [Such plants are scams from cheap gardening ...
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How to prune this newly bought cherry?

It looks like the two crossing branches are rubbing each other, or soon will be as they grow thicker. So you need to get rid of one of them, whether you go for an open tree or an espalier shape. If ...
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How to prune this newly bought cherry?

If you want a vase, I would keep the 4 branches. Maybe shortening all of them. Plant it on your garden, and with some canes (3 or 4), try to bend the branches on 4 different direction. Ev. the ...
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Will interwoven espaliered fruit trees of different types hurt or inhibit each other?

The drawing you've posted is more similar to pleaching rather than espalier forms. If you want to do this kind of thing with different fruit trees, I can't imagine you'd be able to rely on getting a ...
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What trees, shrubs or vines are most suited for pleaching?

Of the plants you listed, Wisteria will achieve coverage significantly faster than any of the others. Unlike the rest of your listed plants, Wisteria are woody vines rather than trees. If you provide ...
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What trees, shrubs or vines are most suited for pleaching?

You want young horizontal branching trees such as oaks. Hey I'd try Golden Hops! This plant is so gorgeous and FAST...you can expect coverage almost instantly!! Stand back or get assimilated!! ...
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What are the consequences of espalier on a non dwarf tree?

I suppose it might depend on the scale of the desired espailer. Mind you, I have managed to notice that the drawings of espailered trees always look much nicer than the actual thing, in most cases. ...
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Difference between Espalier and Topiary

Both terms are used to giving a desire shape to the tree or shurbs but Topiary is for aesthetic purpose and pruning is for maintainance.
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