Information Sources? - Grafting & Espalier

Schlemoc(5)June 21, 2012


I was hoping to start doing some research on grafting and espalier of fruit trees. I really like the idea of the espalier style fruit tree fence, and I want to see what other types are out there, as well as how to do them. Additionally, I have two fully matured trees that do not produce good fruit that I would not mind grafting on. One is an apple, so I would like to do a full season of apples on it. The other is a cherry. I want to turn this in to a plum tree with a nice variety.

What books/internet sites would provide great knowledge on this? For the espalier, I think I need a more how to than anything. The grafting, I have the general idea of how to, but I would like help on placement of them to "top work" the existing trees, along with a description of a lot of the varieties.

As always, any help is appreciated.

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For top-working, you might find bark grafting will work well for you (and BTW, apples are generally considered the easiest thing to graft, so that's good news for you!). Here's a link to a good video from a master:

As far as espalier, I looked at a lot of internet stuff when I was starting my citrus espaliers and much of it was the same, so just about any site might be helpful to you. I did come across one Australian site which had a unique and simpler approach:

And, of course, you probably don't need anything to get you enthused about espalier, but you have to see this:

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 6:23PM
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blazeaglory(10 SZ22/24 OC Ca);y=0

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 1:17AM
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Thanks for the information! I was wondering if there are any strong recommendations towards particular books? I do much better having something hard copy in front of me. I'll definately watch those videos though!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 9:16AM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

There is a wealth of good information on all sorts of fruit tree stuff here:

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 4:28PM
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