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Project by Gunslinger posted 10-10-2014 07:09 AM 12318 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started to espalier this pear tree two years ago. an asian giant with grape fruit size fruit. Since I really did not know what I was doing it has quit a few flaws associated with the branches. Used 4X4 recycled electric poles for the end posts (did not want re-useable poles going to waste) with stainless wire supports. Any thoughts will be appreciated.



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Gunslinger

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hardiness zone 8a

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 10-20-2014 05:26 AM

Your little tree looks lovely, particularly in the summer view. It looks healthy and it is spreading along the wires nicely. By “flaws”. do you mean where the branches leave the trunk in comparison to the location of the wires? Are you concerned it will weaken the branches or just not look the way you want it to look?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Gunslinger

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hardiness zone 8a

posted 10-20-2014 06:00 AM

Radicalfarmergal, all of the above. I failed to train the tree when it was young enough to force branch spurring in the locations where they would have attached to the support wires in a more appealing manner. The wires will support the branches, that is not the issue that bothers me. But I will allow nature to correct the flaws. Getting ready to do the same thing to two apple trees which I rescued from a bargain pile at a local nursery. Will post photos as the project progresses.

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 10-20-2014 06:11 AM

I look forward to seeing your progress.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 10-24-2014 08:46 AM

When I get home from UK, I’ll post some photos of espalier. Amazing what one can do.

Monty Don had a good show the other day abour espalier, and how to do it. I think you are going okay with what you are doing, Gunslinger.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Gunslinger

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hardiness zone 8a

posted 10-24-2014 09:52 AM

jroot, please do post some photos. i am interested in the forms that espaliers can have. I also have questions about pruning for fruit growth on fruit trees.
Have a safe trip back.

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jroot

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posted 11-04-2014 10:29 AM

Here are a few shots of espalier work in Wales and Cornwall, UK

I had more shots, but somehow they got erased during editing.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Gunslinger

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hardiness zone 8a

posted 11-05-2014 04:32 PM

The fan on the wall is simply outrageous. Thanks for the photos jroot. Hope you had a great time on vacation.

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jroot

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posted 11-06-2014 08:08 AM

I found another one for you, Gunslinger. The gardens were the highlight of the 3 week trip although that was not the original intention. Lots of driving very windy roads, some single lanes, marked at 60 mph, and on the left side of the road, which I am not used to. Lots of damp weather and the rooming was certainly not 3 star or better. LOL

But the gardens were indeed lovely. My wife now has quite a few shots to use in her painting.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Greenthumb

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posted 11-08-2014 05:21 AM

Thats sweet. I dont see anything wrong with what you’ve done.

Im sure you already do this but in the event you dont. I would pick all the fruit off when very young and small, as this forces the tree to put growth into the rootball and tree, instead of the fruit. After a few years (3) you can leave a few for dining, after 7 years…... eat away

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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