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Espalier not throwing out enough side branches

Last year I planted an apple tree to grow as espalier.  It threw out two side branches at the height of the first wire fine, but then just grew straight up, past the second and thrid wires speaced at 18 inches.  This year it is not showing signs of putting out side shoots for the second and third wire heights.  Do I need to prune the central stalk back to get the side branches at the desired heights?


  • Thanks for the answers.  Very helpful.  Looks like I need to prune the mainstem back to promote more side growth.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904

    Yes, you've got it, you cut the leading stem back at each tier, allowing three shoots to grow - the lower two are to form each lateral and the top one will become the leading shoot.


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks.


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