espalier ? - tree placement on which walls

gibbsgirlOctober 17, 2012

Hi all,

So, I've got gobbs of fencing all over my property, and I'm itching to plants fruit trees, grapes, berries, etc.

I'm thinking espalier planting/growing is the way to go.

I live in zone 6 (SW IN).

I was hoping someone with experience in this dept could give me some recommendations for which plants do best on which walls.

I've got walls I can plant on that face all four directions (North, South, East, and West). Got several hundred feet of fences.

I understand some fruits, etc do much better if you grow them on the right wall. I just haven't found info with many details about which ones yet.

Thanks for any info you can pass along to me!

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larry_gene

Don't plant caneberries next to walls.

The north wall is least suitable.

The other walls may be equally suitable, what kind of construction are the walls (how much will they reflect heat onto the plants). Do your walls have overhead eaves, and if so, how far do the eaves extend from the walls?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:24PM
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gibbsgirl

One is solid sheet metal. The others are all wood. Some are solid. Some are spaced like a picket fence. The wood ones are all either 4 feet or 6 feet tall.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 7:21AM
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larry_gene

I would use the metal wall if it faces east (morning sun only).

The wood walls are fine for east, west, and south exposures.
You do not mention eaves, so there would be no special watering problems.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2012 at 11:17PM
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