This Orchard Pack comprises two pre-trained trees. These trees are suitable for planting along a wall or a fence, a pergola, or as a separation between two garden areas. The choices available are trees pre-trained as an espalier, fan, or cordon. The trees will be delivered bare-root, in their fully dormant state in the December-March period, with the branches spread to the correct angle by means of a light bamboo A-frame. We recommend planting these trees with the bamboo A-frame in position.
Formation of the first and second tiers of espalier and fan-shaped trees
It is very important that during the first season of growth, the angle of the first tier branches is maintained at about 30 degrees with the vertical stem. This is to ensure that the majority of the tree’s vigour is directed to the left and right branches of the framework. If these branches are immediately placed in a horizontal position, the upright stem of the espalier will take all the goodness, nutrition wise. This will be very detrimental in the later years, resulting in a poor performance of the lower tier.
For the formation of the espalier shape, by late August the ties can be loosened and the bamboo frame removed. At this moment, the first tier branches should be lowered to an angle of about 70-80 degrees with respect to the vertical stem, depending on the overall growth achieved. The tree by nature will always put plenty of growth in the top of the tree. All being well, by late August the second tier can be formed using the newly-formed shoots in the upper part of the tree. Bend two of those shoots to a 90-degree angle with the vertical. To encourage early cropping, remove surplus shoots. Do not cut into the selected shoots that have been chosen as the next tier of the espalier.
The formation of the fan-shaped tree is similar, except that the branches will remain at a 60 degree angle with the vertical stem.
Price of two pre-trained trees
The price of the Pre-trained Orchard Pack (two trees) is £72 plus £16 post & packaging. As pre-trained trees are usually in short supply, due to strong demand, we strongly recommend pre-ordering this Orchard Pack during the summer and autumn months. Delivery will take place when the trees are fully dormant again, usually from December to April. For good results this is also the best time to plant.
Apples, pears and cherries are very suitable for training purposes. Plums and quinces less so.
Many available varieties
We can provide a range of apple, pear, plum, peach, nectarine, apricot, fig and cherry varieties as pre-trained trees. Simply choose from our list of varieties and write the varieties that you would like in the “Special Instructions, local conditions, your selection of tree types or varieties” field in the form below.
The trees are 2-3 years old, chosen for their suitability for training and delivered pre-trained on a small bamboo frame. In the nursery, our trees reach a height of 6 to 8 feet, depending on the variety of the fruit tree. In order to ensure good regrowth, after lifting we like to cut the trees back to 5 feet. In our experience, this will give best results in the first year of re-establishment on the new site. In addition, this format prepares the tree for transport and delivery without sustaining damage.
Your provisional order
To order your Pre-trained Orchard Pack for Cordon, Espalier and Fan-shaped Trees, just send us an e-mail or use the form below, stating your variety preferences and your location (all trees are site specific). We will respond, informing you of the availability and suitability of your selected varieties. During the summer months from April to the end of November, you can place an order for pre-trained trees that will be delivered in the planting season from December to April. In any case, orders must be paid for in advance, and we need your full address to complete your booking correctly.
We deliver trees to all addresses in the UK. The main delivery period is from December to April, when trees are dormant and so in the best possible condition for transplanting with a high success rate. Please click here for important information on tree staking.
When you receive your Orchard Pack, you will find a plastic envelope labelled “DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED” that has your address slip inside. Just take out the address slip, unfold and turn it over, and you will find the planting recommendations on the back of the same sheet. You can plant trees from December to April. Follow this link for more information on tree training.
If you would like further information or advice about our Pre-Trained Orchard Pack for Cordon, Espalier and Fan-Shaped Trees, just contact us by phone, 01379 870759, or by email at email@example.com