Mid-Summer Belgian Fence Apple Espalier - July 2021
Back at the beginning of Summer (or end of Spring), I planted two replacement trees in our Apple tree Belgian Fence to bring the total up to seven - of the needed eight trees. I used a couple of crabapple trees that are known pollinators for the existing Honeycrisp apple trees. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out my
pruners secateurs and some padded wire and cleaned these trees up and wired the limbs in place. You can see the trees below.
- I'm still missing tree #5 (from the left). I'll likely try to plant something this Fall.
- Tree #6 (from the left) is not pruned down far enough. I was concerned that all the growth was above my cut line, so I decided to leave some on a little higher. And scored some buds below/near the (ideal) cut line to try to push some new growth.
The other five trees are in growing season #2.
- I'm now realizing that 18" is too close together. It will work, but the diamonds won't be as dramatic and I think they would be if these trees were further apart. The other side of that spacing, though is the number of repeats and the angles. Further apart = less diamonds and/or steeper angles if height is a factor (like it is for me).
- To that end (height), I'm now wondering if I should extend the espalier up one more row of diamonds. That would require a rigging system that sits on TOP of the fence, but would make the whole setup stand out more, right? It would draw your eye to it.
- And, finally, if you look close enough, you'll see that we have ONE of the diamonds done. Like it the final form. Bottom of the Belgian Fence, a little left of center. See annotated photo below: