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Grow Fruit In Small Spaces

Written by Hilary on March 20th, 2007

If you live in a condo, apartment, or area that just doesn’t have the room for a full-sized fruit tree, you can always opt to espalier your tree.

Espalier simply means to train trees through pruning and directing growth in order to create a structured form. The technique was popular in the Middle Ages in Europe, although evidence exists suggesting that the technique dates back much farther, perhaps even to ancient Egypt.

This picture is of an espaliered apple tree at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, but you can do the same thing in your garden. You can espalier fruit trees along a wall, on a fence, on wires, or on a trellis.

It’s a great way to grow your fruit in a small space, but still be able to enjoy the fruit too.

If you’re interested, I just finished a whole tutorial on how to prune apple trees.

Till next week!


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  1. Nice tutorial… I’ve started to espalier some apples (and pears, but I think I’m going to give up on pears) in my yard, and I love the way it gives you a chance to grow so much more in a small space.

  2. Hilary says:

    Thank you!

    I know what mean. I just love how you can grow different fruit, and even graft on new varieties, if you want to really maximize the space.

    Good to hear from you!

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