Training Fruit Trees
Many thanks for your email regarding espalier fruit trees. Strangely enough this is exactly what I have been undertaking in the kitchen garden today.
When planning to grow a tree as an espalier, make sure you buy one on one of the following rootstocks:
· MM106 is most suitable for small apple trees with three or four tiers but M26 can also be used
· MM111 is best for large apple trees or poor soil
· Quince A is suitable for pears
In our kitchen garden we currently grow: Red Pippin, Bramley Seedling and Apple Sunset.
With regards to the wire system, I have been using the Gripple Tensioner system. I find this amazingly simple and easy to use and would strongly recommend it.
Good luck and let me know how you get on