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Re: [nafex] tip bearing apples, espalier subjects
Well, Nell, I assumed "spar" was a typo for "spur". I think you would
be happy with either type 2,3, or 4. One other factor is cultivar
vigor. Cultivars with high vigor are going to bury you with suckers.
One work-around might be to train the more vigorous cultivars with
upwardly angled scaffolds (say 30 degrees from horizontal) rather than
horizontal. I am not an espalier expert...never grew one. My comments
are based on observations of apple limbs on free standing trees.
I cannot remember if you are considering modern cultivars, but GoldRush
would be near the top of my list. It is a very managable tree. It
tends to over-produce but that should be easy to handle in an espalier
> Nowhere could I find an explanation of how the habits are defined, or
> apples assigned to them. Am I right in assuming that code 4 / Type III
> standard means "spur bearing", i.e. "standard apple bearing habit"? I was
> also confused by that code 2 / Type I spar; at first I thought "spar" was a
> typo for "spur", but then I thought of airplane wing spars and could sort
> of visualize that as a tree habit (though not a very desirable one).
> Any comments about possible influences of culture? Espaliers are summer
Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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