This is the 2nd year for the espalier trees. All are stone fruit trees. They are irrigated the same and fed the same “Dr. Earth”. Some perform better than others. This evening, it was time to break out the pruning shears and make a few snips.
Always start with sharp pruning shears that are clean. I use rubbing alcohol to clean mine. It evaporates quickly leaving no chance for rust. I have a couple of sharpeners in the shed to keep the blade sharp. They’re cheap and very portable.
Santa Rosa Plum This tree really thrives in this climate. Fruit did form this year but the immature tree was unable to hold it.
O’Henry Peach Both years this tree has produced fruit. This spring there were about 3 dozen peaches but a wind storm knocked the fruit from the young branches. This is a tasty variety of peach. Only a small amount is pruned so the leaves can continue to shade the fruit.
Granny Smith Apple Only 1 apple this season and not much pruning. Here the top lateral is being formed. In the photo on the right the longest vertical branch is now making a gentle turn to the right to begin developing laterally.
Warren Pear This tree along with the apple bend easily and grow easily to an espalier form. There was damage to the leaves earlier in the spring and an aphid attack a couple of weeks ago; but the pear is continuing to form. There have been no blossoms.
Fantasia Nectarine A score of “not-so-great” has been handed out to the nectarine. Only 3 lateral branches have formed with sparse amounts of leaves. It did bloom this spring; but no fruit has formed yet.
I believe the branches have been sunburned. Any diagnosis and recommendations are welcome. I will either learn to graft with this tree or start all over with a new tree in the winter. Like the peach, the nectarine doesn’t get much pruning to allow the leaves to shade the branches.
Blenheim Apricot This must be THE most vigorous of any of the fruit trees planted as espalier. I’ve given it a number of prunings this summer. Small fruit did form in early spring; but immaturity ruled and I’ll just have to wait for another year.
I was chasing sunlight by the time I was cleaning up the apricot pruning. That’s how it works in the summer…the sun chases you until you go inside then you chase the sun until it gives up.