Two-dimensional tree training
I started our espaliered
apples at the grafting stage, which gave me an extra year of wiggle
room before I had to decide on the shape I planned to train them to.
Then last fall, I
made a simple setup of crossed wires between t-posts and bent the trees
along the lines. But
nine months later, the apples had already outgrown their first training
wires --- time for a second set of supports higher up!
The espaliered apple in
front of the porch got even less formal training. I just bent down
limbs to attach to nearby objects willy-nilly. In the case of both this
tree and those trained to wires, I also bent down or snipped off
secondary branches that were reaching for the sky.
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