To espalier means to sculpt or train your tree to grow in a certain way. Many gardeners espalier their fruit trees to grow flat against a wall, fence or courtyard.
Espaliering can save space, however, it's also used in wide open spaces to promote growth and can also be used to create fruit tree sculptures and there are some fantastically creative fruit tree sculptures out there! Check them out on the ABC Gardening Australia website.
You can not only aesthetically control the shape of your tree, but you’ll also be supporting its branches to hold fruit. Read more about what to do when your tree first sets fruit here.
We recommend espaliering the growth into a fan shape rather than a semi-circle so the tree grows upright rather than horizontally, which may put pressure on the outer horizontal grafts. The fan shape will also allow the tree to grow faster.
Sunlight needs to reach all branches and fruit, so it’s best to direct growth to allow sunlight to hit the middle of the tree, you can do this by positioning the branches so there’s a V shape between each branch.
You can espalier your tree along a wall on your balcony or against a fence in your backyard.
Scott demonstrates how to espalier your Fruit Salad Tree here.
Here at Fruit Salad Trees, we stock a wide range of fruit trees, which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stone fruit and multi-apple trees.
Our fast fruiting trees can be grown in the ground, or in pots on your balcony.
For more information on caring for your fruit trees, check out the Department of Primary Industries articles on fruit trees.
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Your soils contain many nutrients that your plants require, some are only necessary in small doses and others need to be constantly acquired by your plants to assist with their day to day living. Most people have heard of NPK, but do you know what it represents and how it assists the health of your tree and how other elements benefit or harm your garden?
We are still operational and dispatching Australia wide from the farm. You are still able to purchase one of our unique trees for your home garden. Now is a great time while you are following the social distancing requirements, to plant your your own healthy fruit tree.
We have implemented all social distancing and government required health and safety measures with our staff when packing your fruit trees.
There are a few things you can do each season in your garden to prevent pests and diseases causing grief to your Fruit Salad Tree.
We've broken this down into the 3 varieties so you can find the information specific to your tree/s.
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