How exactly do you train 1 year old new fruit trees to be espaliers?
How far apart should you fruit trees for espaliering? In espaliering, you control the plant. How wide do you want the fruit trees to be? How many vertical arms do you want? Each arm needs plenty of light for fruit production, so allow space to either side of each arm for leaves and open space. The verrier palmette is the most popular espalier shape. Horizontal branches are usually spaced 12″ apart & this distance is maintained as each branch is turned upward. So multiple the number of vertical arms times 12″ to determine the horizintal space needed for this espalier pattern. How to plant? Pick a sunny open site adjacent to a south or west facing fence. Dig a wide, deep hole in front of the post, so that the branches can be trained to cover the panels of the fence on either side of the post. Position the hole near the fence, but plan on planting the tree so there is a slight lean into the fence. This allows more light to penetrate to the lower branches. Backfill with the native soil. Am