Return to the Citrus Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Citrus Espalier ?'s

Posted by too_ambitious USDA 10 (My Page) on
Sun, May 7, 06 at 21:12

Ok, so after lurking here for some time I have finally registered to ask a question of all you lovely ladies and gents.

I'm looking to grow a tree in my sheltered patio and my hubby is set on a sweet lemon (he got hooked on them when we lived in New Zealand). I *think* after much research I've found a variety of lemon that is sweet (so far it's looking like a Sanbokan Sweet Lemon) even if it most likely won't be the exact same fruit.

The clincher is that I haven't been able to find a dwarf variety of this tree. I really have no limit to how tall the tree can get, but five feet is the widest I can go. It would be up against a 5'x5' masonry wall.

My mother told me about espalier training as a way to make it... smaller and after doing some online research I've seen some really beautiful forms.

So the question is: has anyone tried this? Do you have any tips for a newbie? Should I even bother?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Citrus Espalier ?'s

You must be in Florida if you're a zone 10 with access to a Sanbokan sweet lemon...which, incidentally, I would love to find in Califonia but doubt I ever will :(

I've had no need to do so, but in local nurseries and garden centers I've seen small potted citrus trees already trained to a trellis, so it is possible. You can keep your tree to any size or shape by trimming as needed, though you'd prolly have to do less if you did find a dwarfing rootstock. I'm sure it will love all the heat of z 10 with the added heat from the masonry wall...


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Citrus Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here