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Espalier tree

I have a 3 year old green sleeves espalier apple tree the first tier is complete tier 2 is only half way along the wire it is not extending because the lead shoot on both ends has a fruit bud. How do I get it extend further along the support wire.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    Ideally, you should have pruned the 2nd tier branches back to a downward-pointing bud in November, cutting off up to a third if the growth was poorer than you would have liked (harder winter pruning promotes stronger new growth.)  I think I'd prune those tip-flowering buds off now, back to the nearest downward-pointing bud.  If they don't grow as much as you want this year, you can cut them back further when you do the November prune, as above.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for your quick reply. I will follow your instruction and I'm sure I will get the result I require.
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