How to create a belgian fence

What is a Belgian fence?

A Belgian fence is a style of espalier in which limbs are trained into a lattice-like pattern. Identical varieties of fruit can be used or even a mix of cultivars, i.e. the annona family. A full-fledged fence can be developed in three to four seasons. Whether 6 ft. long or 60 ft.

How do you make an espalier?

To espalier, prune to create a main vertical stem, then train the side branches to achieve the desired shape. Depending on the plant, this can take a year or two to establish and requires regular care. Thereafter, an espalier requires only light pruning to hold its shape.

What kind of wire is used for Espalier?

12-gauge wire (about 28 feet total) 3/16″ eye bolts (use 3-16″ wall mounts on masonry)

How do you prune a Belgian fence?

Which fruit trees can be espaliered?

As a general rule, woody trees are the most suitable for espaliering. Traditionally fruit trees of the citrus, apple and pear varieties have been a popular choices as their stems are hardy and unwanted growth is easier to remove.

What is the difference between espalier and cordon?

Cordons are trained against a wall, fence or on wires between free-standing posts. Espaliers are typically grown on a training system of horizontal wires against a wall or fence. Espalier are more ornamental than cordons, but require more space and maintenance.

What are the best plants to Espalier?

Ornamental plants such as bougainvillea, camellias, cotoneaster, flowering crabapples (Malus), flowering quince cultivars (Chaenomeles), forsythia, holly, magnolia, Pyracantha, Pfitzer juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Pfitzerana’), some viburnums, winged euonymous, and witch hazels (Hamamelis) are quite amenable to

How far apart should espalier trees be planted?

If you choose to train the trees into an espalier, you will need room for the widely splayed branches. In this case, trees should be spaced about 4-5 feet (1-1.5 m.) apart. If you are training the trees to espalier vertically, they can be planted as close together as the above hedge trees.

How far apart are espalier wires?

A section of a sturdy paling fence is ideal and a series of horizontal supporting wires, approximately 300mm apart should be fixed to the fence up to about two metres in height, with the lowest wire being about 300 to 450mm above ground level.

Can you plant Espalier in pots?

Espalier plants can be grown in containers as easily as in the ground. If you have a small space, a patio, a balcony even, an espalier can be grown.”

How do you make an espalier trellis?

Can quince trees be espaliered?

While you can espalier any plant, it is particularly effective for training fruit trees such as apples, pears, quince and plums. Late summer and early autumn is the perfect time to prune and shape espaliers.

How long does it take for a quince tree to bear fruit?

Harvest and Storing Quince

Quince bear fruit three to four years after planting.

Which is the best quince tree?

The most popular is the old standard ‘Meechs Prolific Quince Tree‘ which is a tallish sometimes somewhat sparse tree but prolific with apple shaped fruits. ‘Quince Vranja’ which is pronounced Vranya has very impressive large and weighty divinely perfumed golden yellow downy fruits and is my pick of the best.

Do birds eat quince fruit?

Other bird food trees in my garden are Apple, Plum, Damson, Greengage, Wild Cherry, Cherry, Holly, Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, Guelder Rose, Rowan, Spindleberry, Hawthorn, Strawberry Tree, Cherry Plum, Fig, Quince, Mulberry, Medlar, Bulace and Hazelnut. Every last fruit and berry was consumed by the birds this winter.

Is quince fruit good for you?

Health Benefits of Quince

It’s also a great source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The fruit contains tannins including catechin and epicatechin and has a very high concentration of vitamin C. Quince is also a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and copper.

Do squirrels eat quinces?

Fortunately, it turns out that squirrels don’t like quinces.

Does Quince need full sun?

Flowering quince is hardy in zones 4 to 9 and will grow in full sun to partial shade, although it flowers best in full sun. It is tolerant of most kinds of soil, even clay, as long as they are well draining but prefers to grow in earth that is at least somewhat acidic.

Is Flowering quince fast growing?

Growing Japanese flowering quince is not difficult, since these shrubs are tough and undemanding. They grow in sun or partial shade and accept most soils other than very wet ones. They will grow faster and bloom better if you provide irrigation during dry periods.

How often should I water my quince?

During dry spells, fruit may drop prematurely if irrigation is insufficient. The entire root system of your quince tree should be soaked twice a week to avoid this (especially during the first year). At least 1 inch of water each week is necessary to promote optimal growth and fruit production.

How deep are quince roots?

Cut the roots around the new circle to a depth of about 18 inches.

Where should I plant a quince tree?

Growing Quince Trees

It’s happiest on a deep, rich loam that stays moist and if I had a pond or stream I’d put one next to it, so long as it didn’t become waterlogged. Light soils should have plenty of compost added before planting and a thick organic mulch applied every year.

How far apart should quince trees be planted?

Planting Tips

It is important that your planting location receives full sun for vigorous growth and quality fruit production. Space your trees 10-25 feet apart depending on the variety. Dig a planting hole approximately twice the width of the pot and at the same depth as the root ball.