Today I thought I would give you a long over due update. For those of you that have been following Inspired by Charm for a while you may remember when I first shared my attempt at an espaliered tree. You can catch up on that post here.
It’s been three years since I first planted this $20 dwarf apple tree I bought at Wal-Mart, and I’m happy to report it couldn’t be doing better.
She’s looking good, right!? Finally, this year, I officially have all the arms/branches of my tree. Now, they just need to grow, grow, grow!
This little red sided building is connected to the Carriage House here at my little inn. Part of it holds the furnace and hot water tank, the other part is where I store outdoor supplies (lawn mower, rakes, shovel, etc.) and my garbage.
I wanted to add a little greenery to this space, but with no exposed ground I was in a bit of a pickle. So, I decided I would break through the macadam driveway and plant a tree. Call me crazy!
Once I hit dirt I planted my $20 tree and started it’s training.
Over the past three years I slowly trimmed and trained the tree to grow in rows across this little building. I found a few guides online like this one to help guide me, but pretty much figured out things on my own. I found the two trellis at Lowe’s last year. They were a huge help.
It’s been such a fun process. I even got two apples last fall! With a lot more blossoms this year I’m hoping for six or more apples. We shall see!
Through the process I only broke off one branch (four row up on the right). Luckily, a new branch grew on the left so I’m training that one to grow over. See it? It’s small, but it’s there. And yes, I clearly need to paint or do something with those cinder blocks. It’s on my to-do list.
I can’t wait to see how the smaller rows progress this summer. I’d say by next summer or the following, my tree will be completely trained.
Do you have an espaliered tree? Have you ever wanted to try growing one? (Go for it! You can do it!)