I have a small London garden & I planted an espalier apricot tree and it cropped so fantastically I couldn't bear to prune it. It's about to burst into flower again - should I feed it? It's trained along wires dividing next door's path from ours. Any tips gratefully received. It's 3 years old and lives next to a ballerina apple tree and an espalier apple. Under planted with roses , peonies and alcamilla m. Should I have winter washed or sprayed ? Thank you
While it is bursting with flowers, you will want to thin the fruit out a bit when the fruit starts to develop so that there is at least 4 inches (10 cm) between each fruit. This will result in bigger and better fruit.
Fertilizing now would be good to help support the fruit that will be developing.
Apricots normally do best with a light pruning after they have bloomed.
What is a modern look for espalier against a wall? Would Jasmine be interesting with its dark glossy foliage? We are looking for a vine for a ultra modern building.
Climbing Jasmine is a beautiful vine.
It's important that you determine the growing conditions and select a vine that meets the conditions that you have.
Sunlight, soil, and how the plant will be supported need to be addressed.
Here are some links with a few other plant possibilities.
How do you prune Espalier apple trees? What branches need to be taken off?
These articles will help you.
This is new to me and was taking to much room so tried it, has only been a couple of months and does have limes !!!
As long as you give it plenty of light (you will need at least 100-200 watts of horticultural lighting to keep it healthy and fruiting indoors.
This article will help you to care for them in container:
I've just bought a new flat with this lovely looking tree growing up the middle of a wall. However I'm unsure if it is dead or not? It had been completely covered by what I think is Virginia creeper so I'm not sure what it is and if it is revivable? It has lots of dead looking branches at the top that are quite brittle. I'm a gardening novice but would like to keep the tree if I can. Thanks
This test tells you how to scrape a tree trunk to reveal the cambium layer below. If it is green, the plant is still alive.
If it is green underneath the bark, try cutting back the top branches to encourage new growth. If it is not, you could cut off the dead branches and use the trunks as a support for a new vine.
The best trees to train in this way are spur-bearing apples. Here are two articles that should be helpful:
This article lists apple trees for your hardiness zone, which is 7b:
I am growing peaches, nectarines and Apricots against Light colored wall.
There are some insecticidal oils that claim to be non-staining, but we do not recommend specific products or retailers. You may want to look online for non-staining horticultural oils or speak with a local garden center about what's available.
Here's an article that may be helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/dormant-oil-information.htm