Glorious day in the orchard

FIRST NICE DAY OF THE YEAR.

STONE FRUIT MOSTLY BLITZED BUT APPLES & PEARS WILL MAKE LIFE BEARABLE IN THE ORCHARD :crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers:

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Holy smokes! Sweet espaliers! Looking good

@Sean

My apples and pears are espaliered.

The stone fruit keep beating me at it.

Pears are easy

Mike

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Mike,
What are the orange ribbons in the 2nd pc for?

Your Odysso flower already. I thought you just planted it. What rootstocks are your apples and pears on?

Beautiful orchard and pics.

@mamuang

THE ORANGE TAPE: Sorry no MAGIC ORANGE BULLET here. I had a couple of 500 foot rolls of caution tape lying around and late last fall I needed to tie some branches down to other branches or to trellis wires to shape them.
I used the orange tape for two reasons:

  1. It was pretty cold out and my hands were too cold to deal with the finer tie down cords that I had and the wide orange tape was easier to work with, although I did have to loop it a few times to get the strength needed ( and I had 1000+ feet of the stuff :relaxed: )
  2. It gets pretty windy here in the fall and winter and I wanted to use a material that would not chafe and abrade the bark on the branches that were being manhandled. With its wide footprint and stretchiness served that purpose (地nd I had 1000 + feet of the stuff :relaxed:)

ROOTSTOCK: Most of my apples are on M111, The Pears are on OHx87 - 97.

REDLOVE APPLES. Last year I got REDLOVE ERA, CALYPSO, ODYSSO from One Green World. I planted them last summer. They are still verry skinny and I am just shaping them. I will let no more than 2 apples mature on any tree.

Once I see which trees are producing viable fruit I will pick an assortment of apple, pear, plum, peach, nect,& hybrid and will start a time lapse for each through harvest. I have photos going back to March-April

In the meantime see below
Mike

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I am impressed that your trees on M111 fruit quite early. The branch bending by espalier system may be helpful, too.

When I see how productive your espalier system works, I cant help wonder what is going with @tomILs espalier apple trees. His espalier apples are older than yours but have not calm down and set fruit yet.