Help with Belgian Fence Espalier
I was not sure which forum would be best to post this in but since I am dealing with apple trees I thought I would try here first. I planted 20 bare root apples this spring and pruned them back to 18". They all seem to have survived but a couple of them put out shoots 5", or so, down from the top, and lower, instead of at the top where I wanted them. Should I pinch these shoots off in hopes that it might force growth closer to the top? On a couple of them there is only one shoot and am worried it would effect the tree adversely if I pinch it off. Ideally, for my Belgian fence, I need one branch on the left and one on the right, emanating from the trunk at 18" from the ground, that I will train at a 45 degree "Y". Also, for the ones that do have shoots where I want them, should I pinch off all the rest of the growth or leave it so that my little apple "sticks" have more leaves for photosynthesis? Thanks in advance for any guidance you might have!