Apple trees in small spaces

ahajmano(sunset 23, Mission Viejo CA)January 28, 2013

Hello everyone,

I would like you to share your experiences with apple trees in small/tight spaces.I have a patch of soil 3.5ft wide along the block wall dividing my neighbor and I. On this soil patch, near the backyard gate I planted a Dorsett Golden on a 2' high mound for drainage. The tree is 18" from the block wall and 2" from the backyard gate fence. Both my home and my neighbors home are single story homes, so a 10' tall tree at this location should get full sun. Currently, the tree will only get 4-6 hours of sun in summer.

What do yall think? Will this location work, or was this a terrible idea?

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ahajmano(sunset 23, Mission Viejo CA)

correction, thats 2' from the wood fence.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 1:01AM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

Honestly... not enough sun, not enough space, and I wonder if you need a pollinator... or is Dorsett self-pollinating? Could you possibly move to any wider space with more sun? I suppose it is worth a shot but I wouldn't get my hopes up much that it will be fruitful.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 7:21AM
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alan haigh

Use a dwarfing (say M26) rootstock and train it up and develop fruiting wood where there is sun. Manage it like a tall espalier and I think it will work just fine.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 7:36AM
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Roots may tear up the concret wall

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 10:28AM
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What direction is it facing? If south, it may do all right.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 2:39PM
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Time will tell, south or west better than north or east facing. You have nothing to lose...good luck. Maybe slow going until it clears fence...

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 8:32PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Yes, can let it grow up and share fruits above the fence with your neighbors, take off bottom 4 branches now, then more in a couple of years.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2013 at 9:50PM
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ahajmano(sunset 23, Mission Viejo CA)

The tree is facing east. I have a 30' row of 6 apple trees along that block wall, spaced out 5' apart. The tree shown is the closest to the house/backyard fence. I plan on removing the fence boards and replacing with gavonized wire to prevent my dog from leaving the side yard, but still allow sun to get in. This should give me a little more sun during spring & fall when the sun will be coming from the south (opposite side of wood fence.)

    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 7:46PM
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