Apple (Espalier) Growing Guide

Apple (Espalier)

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Moist, well-drained soil with a near-neutral pH.

Position

Sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not normally required.

Companions

Chives, nasturtiums, stinging nettles and tansy.

Spacing

Single Plants: 3.50m (11' 5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 3.50m (11' 5") with 3.50m (11' 5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in winter while they are dormant. This gives them a chance to settle and develop their roots before putting their energy into spring growth. Prepare a large hole by breaking up the soil and adding plenty of compost or other organic matter. Should be planted with at least one other apple tree which flowers at a similar time to aid pollination.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

An espalier requires regular trimming throughout summer to maintain its shape. Remove any vigorous shoots that don’t fit into your design, especially those growing off the main central stem.In midwinter, trim back all the lateral shoots on the main arm so three buds remain

Harvesting

Harvest when apples are ripe.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Apple (Espalier)