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Espaliered Fruit Trees, Part 2

Espaliered fruit trees at Longwood GardensOn our long drive up the interstate, we stopped at a feed store outside Staunton.  Mark wanted to see about selling our do it yourself chicken waterers in a brick and mortar store, and I'm a sucker for browsing through the fruit tree section.

Along one side of the "outdoor living" section, I was intrigued to find an sapple trained into the beginning of an espalier system.  The tree was probably four years old and had two nearly horizontal branches spreading out from each side of the main trunk (an awful lot like Monday's fig.)

I wasn't planning on buying it, but I was so intrigued to see an espaliered fruit tree for sale that I checked the price tag.  Sixty bucks!!!  I hope none of you rush out to your local nursery and pick up a plant like that.  Stay tuned and I'll give you step by step directions to prune and train your own espaliered tree.

Note: The trees in the photo are more espaliered trees from Longwood Gardens, this time nectarines.

This post is part of our Espaliered Fruit Trees lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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$60 bucks!

Espaliered trees cost $200 and up in most places.

Comment by Mark Fri Jun 1 20:39:57 2012
Mark --- Yet more of an incentive to create your own!
Comment by anna Sat Jun 2 10:24:12 2012

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