This is a very exciting Orchard Pack. It is available either as pre-trained trees, or trees that with just a minimal input on your part, can be adapted exactly to your requirements. This includes fan shape or espalier formation, or growing as cordons. Fruit growing is a very rewarding pursuit, and it requires only a minimal amount of attention. You just have to make time available once a week to water them during the growing season to give the trees a good start in life. From then on, you will find that the trees themselves will tell you what they need, and they will adapt themselves to your wishes. When ordering, please quote which type of pack you require:
Two fruit trees, not modified, but suitable to be shaped as a fan or espalier. Suitable for experienced gardeners. These trees cost £36 each, or as a Two-Tree Pack, total £70 plus P&P.
Two fruit trees, pre-trained with a bamboo frame in place ready for planting as a fan or espalier. These trees cost £41 each, or as a Two-Tree Pack, £78 plus P&P.
Two fruit trees, two to three years old (very different to the 1-year old cordon trees normally sold on the internet), particularly suitable for growing as Cordons. £30 each, or as a Two-Tree Pack, £58 plus P&P.
For up to four trees, the cost of P&P is £16. This additional cost reflects the greater weight of trees, which are well past the 1-year-old stage and are closer to maturity.
Your provisional order
To order your Orchard Pack for Cordon, Espalier and Fan-shaped Trees, just send us an e-mail or use the form below, stating the type of pack that you would like (Type A, B or C), 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. 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.
Provisional Order Form
Formation of espalier, fan-shaped and cordon trees
With regard to instructions on how to train trees for fan, espalier or cordon shapes, there is a huge amount of knowledge on this website at this page. One important point is not to lower the framework branches immediately after planting. Leave them in an upward direction for the first six months, and only then, lower the framework branches to an angle of 60-90 degrees according to the tree’s development and the type of tree shape required.
In fact it is very important for espaliers 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 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.
Apples, pears and cherries are very suitable for training purposes. Plums and quinces less so.
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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 above.
The trees are 2-3 years old, chosen for their suitability for training. 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.
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 preferably by email at firstname.lastname@example.org