Espalier rootstock and spacing

jxbrown(z10/24 SD, CA)October 14, 2012

I thought that I would only have room for one tree to avoid shading my vegetables, but then I realized that I have a long wall with a southeast exposure which receives sun from dawn until very late in the day. A new plan presented itself! If I were to plant along this wall (5' high and 30' long) what would be optimal spacing and what would be compatible rootstocks? I would like to grow stone fruit mostly and perhaps an apple or a pear or possibly a quince.

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jxbrown(z10/24 SD, CA)

Well, I believe I've found some good pruning advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: UK Fan Pruning of Stone Fruit

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 8:14PM
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steve_in_los_osos

Apples and pears do quite well in simple horizontal cordons, however (as long as they are not tip-bearing types).

Just to mix things up, here's another interesting approach to consider:

http://www.woodbridgefruittrees.com.au/woodbridgefruittrees/articles/162-espaliering-made-even-easier---knnn-method.html

And for cherries, something truly original:

http://cahnrs-cms.wsu.edu/StoneFruit/research/Pages/ufo.aspx

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 11:07PM
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