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Monday, April 29, 2013

Espalier Fruit Trees. Spring Pruning

Several weeks ago we heavily pruned our fruit trees to train it to grow in an espalier fashion. We have a limited space on the side of our house that is the perfect spot for a wall of fruit. The cherry and peach tree are 3 years old which is the perfect time to cut them back since their roots are well established. The plum tree was planted last year so I am hoping the trim won't shock it too much. I am confident that it will be fine if it is given lots of love this summer. The time to prune your fruit trees is in March in Colorado - right before it starts to bud & bloom.

Andy was very nervous about cutting the trees back so severely but I promised him that they would put out lots of new growth this year. This year we will definitely suffer a loss of fruit but it will be worth it after a couple of years. We had to really cut a lot off to train it to grow in a two dimensional plane.

Please see my last post on all the info you need to learn how to espalier.

Over the summer I will continuously prune & train the trees. Don't forget to water and fertilize your trees!

Here is a picture of them last summer before they were trimmed up.

Here are what they look like now after a hefty haircut.


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