Espalier pruning

ninaweedsMarch 28, 2009

Hello, This is my first post, and I was hoping for some advise on pruning a Bartlett pear espalier I planted last year up against a south face wall of my home. When I purchased it I was instructed briefly. I know any branches that extend anteriorly should be removed. I have read that any water shoots should be removed also, but i'm not sure what a water shoot is. The tree shape has 3 lateral branches extending from both sides. The tree did produce 3 pears last year, and looks to have established itself well over the first year. Any help is appreciated.

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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Espalier pruning is advanced pruning and very rewarding. When I lived in Europe, one of the pleasures of traveling was to see the trees trained up the sides of buildings...sigh...um....ahem.

Water sprouts are, technically, latent buds - buds below the surface of the bark. It is easier to rub off the buds you don't want as branches as they break than letting them grow 2 feet then pruning. You'll get used to it.

An excellent book that has instructions and lots of fun how-tos as well is Sears Step - by - Step Gardening Techniques Illustrated

Dan

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ninaweeds

Thanks Dan for the info, I have always been facinated with espalier,and decided to get me one! I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this one, I just don't want to kill it. I don't have any knowledge of pruning, but seem to have good instinct so far with common shrubs and bushes.It's raining today, but I'm looking forward to going out tomorrow and looking for some water sprouts to remove. Nina

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 9:10AM
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