Belgian Fence Espalier - Six Weeks Later - August 2020
Back in May, I bought and planted eight small Apple trees - three Golden Delicious and five Honeycrisp - along the fenceline in an attempt to make another espalier. Later, in June and July, I applied the espalier wire in the pattern of a Belgian Fence and started to wire some of them up.
This is a six week update from the last time we touched base. And, unfortunately, it seems that we've lost three of the eight trees. The one on the far left (#8)- which I didn't prune. And two more (#3 and #4). That's one Golden Delicious (#8) and two Honeycrisp (#3, #4). Here, below is a close-up of the two in the middle that seemeed to have died. They both were hard pruned and showed some new foliage, but they then exhausted themselves and seemingly perished.
I'm *not* calling these LOST yet, but I'm thinking that before Fall comes, I will add them to that LOST column for trees.
If the big box stores carry fruit trees this month for Fall Planting, I'm thinking I should grab three and replace these to get the growth going. If I'm able to find these, I'll likely hold off on hard-pruning them until Spring.