Espaliered Fruit Trees
If you think your garden is too small for a fruit tree, you may be wrong. Fruit trees are some of the most amenable plants they can be trained along walls and fences and look beautiful and even fruit better when grown in this way.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Water the trees well after planting and apply a mulch of chipped bark, keeping it clear of the stems, to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Water the trees regularly during their first year. Apply a tree and shrub granular fertilizer around the trees every spring, and replenish the mulch afterward.
Remove the flowers the first year after planting to encourage strong roots. Prune cordons each year in late summer. Shorten all woody sideshoots to within a few leaves of the stem to help promote fruiting spurs.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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