Training Fruit Trees

Dear Catherine 

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

 Kindest Regards