How To Espalier: Instructions For Fruit Tree Training

The following are some simple instructions for training your own espaliers. These instructions will allow you to have a fruit tree with no problems or complications. You may want to follow these instructions if you’re looking for a way to train your own apple trees without having any experience at all!

You’ll need…

A good quality knife (a paring knife works best) A sharpening stone A small amount of sand Paper Towels or something similar to wipe off the blade after each cut Some kind of wire to tie around the base of the tree so it doesn’t fall over when you lift it up. You could use string too, but I don’t recommend using string since it’s not strong enough. Something like twine would work just fine though.

A piece of wood to make a support for the tree.

Step 1 – Find Your Tree

Find out exactly where your tree is located. If you live in a rural area, chances are there won’t be one near you. If you don’t have access to a map, try calling someone who does and ask them where they found their tree.

They might even give you directions. If you live in the city, there’s a better chance of finding one. Call up your local department of planning and zoning and ask them where the nearest apple trees are located. They should be able to give you directions to the sites. If all else fails, stop someone on the street and ask them where they would go to find a good apple tree!

Step 2 – The Cut

Once you’ve located your apple tree, cut off a piece about 2-3 feet long.

Sources & references used in this article:

Trends in fruit tree training and pruning systems in Europe by A Mika – … Symposium on Training and Pruning of Fruit Trees 322, 1991 –

Apple orchard management and training by W Nicol – 1797 – author

… of Wall Fruit Trees, and Espaliers… Systematically Explained by a New Scientific Plan. Also a Complete Register of All the Different Species… of the Best Fruits … by KA Clayton-Greene – … Temperate Fruits Review Conference 240, 1988 –

… and Profitable Culture of Fruit Trees: Including Choice of Trees, Planting, Grafting, Training, Restoration of Unfruitful Trees, Gathering and Preservation of Fruit … by J Abercrombie – 1783 –

Effect of cultivars on tree growth, yield and quality attributes of apple on espalier architecture under high density planting system by A Du Breuil – 1874 –

Influence of orchard management system on yield, quality and vegetative characteristics of apple trees by AW Thornton – 1909 – AW Thornton

High density planting in French orchards: development and current achievements by KK Srivastava, D Kumar, SR Singh… – Journal of Horticultural …, 2019 –

Orchard trellis system by KA Clayton-Greene – Journal of horticultural science, 1993 – Taylor & Francis



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