Prune an es­palier

Gardening Australia - - CONTENTS -

An es­paliered ap­ple tree is per­fect for small spa­ces, and TINO CARNEVALE shows how to keep it on track 1 KEEP IN CHECK Whippy new growth won’t pro­duce fruit, so this has to go. Cut each stem back to 2–3 leaves to en­cour­age fruit­ing spurs to de­velop fur­ther down.

2 PINCH OFF TIPS To re­strict the growth of the re­main­ing new, shorter stems, pinch off all their tips. This also en­cour­ages more fruit­ing spurs to de­velop.

3 TIE IT DOWN Use pieces of cloth to loosely tie new growth at the ends of the main branches to the frame. While you’re there, re­place old ties where needed.

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