Balhannah Nurseries fruit tree master, Sam Luke, shows us how to start an espalier tree!

Benefit of espaliering fruit trees:

– Good for small narrow areas, to cover an unsightly wall or shed
– Easy to net
– Keeps fruit within reach
– Good sunlight penetration so ripens fruit well
– Great garden feature

When choosing a tree for espalier you don’t need too many branches to get started, so most trees will be suitable. In fact, less is better – best not to be too greedy/ambitious, and just get it established with some good healthy branches in the right place. This will mean the tree has less pressure to get started, and then you can push it with fertiliser etc. once it’s in the ground. They key is to look for limbs at the right starting height (40-50cm).


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In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.