Tree training & trellis

Tame pear trees early (part 2)

The framework, or structure of a fruit tree consists of different parts of different ages. This framework is developed in sequential stages.
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Apple pruning—trial results

Hort advisor, Paul James recently presented results from a long-term Future Orchards trial in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
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Tame pear trees early

Several articles in this journal by this author have shown that high density pear trees on seedling rootstock, or on their own roots (as softwood cuttings), can match early and high yields of high density apple trees on size-controlling rootstocks—but only when pear trees are tamed early and it is…
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The Tatura orchard system

This NEW ORCHARD MANUAL describes the evolution, adoption and adaptation of the Tatura orchard system.It lists the range of crops grown on Tatura-type trellises (V-trellis/Open Tatura), quotes the experiences from fruit growers all over the world, and gives hints and instructions to maximise efficiency and avoid mistakes.
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2D fruiting wall for apricots—creating fruiting units (part 2)

During the first three years, the trees not only developed their permanent structure of twin branchless leaders, they also produced two crops.
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2D fruiting wall for apricots—creating fruiting units

The first part of this article was published in Tree Fruit July, August and September 2020, and dealt with the establishment of a 2D planting of apricots as an upright wall, at a moderate density of 1250 trees per hectare.
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2D fruiting wall for apricots (part 3)

Multi-leader, two-dimensional (2D) fruiting walls are becoming popular with growers as an intensive production system. This article deals with the development of the tree’s structure, and setting it up for a long productive life.

2D fruiting wall for apricots (part 2)

Canopy building: Specific early tree training is critical to get a well-balanced fruiting canopy established quickly.

2D fruiting wall for apricots

Specifications of orchard systems to meet the needs of the stone fruit industry will continue to be influenced by a combination of cultural, economic and marketing conditions. Multi-leader, two-dimensional (2D) fruiting walls are becoming popular with growers as an intensive production system.

Keep apple/pear fruiting wood young & productive with the 1-2-3 rule of pruning (part 2)

Using a pear tree as an example, here is how you use the 1-2-3 rule. The 2 in 1-2-3 refers to fruiting wood is now two years old. 
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Keep apple/pear fruiting wood young & productive with the 1-2-3 rule of pruning

The largest and best quality apples and pears grow on two-year-old wood and young spurs. To develop two-year-old wood, prune trees according to the 1-2-3 rule of renewal pruning.
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Why renewal pruning is good for your cherry orchard

To maintain fruit quality, continuously remove and replace fruiting wood as it ages beyond its prime. You’ve seen different training systems to achieve a variety of canopy architectures. Once the canopy architecture decision is made, and the orchard planted and trained, the desired canopy structure must be both maintained and…
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