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    Interesting concept but has anyone ever weighed their branches to encourage lateral growth as it is thought to bear more fruit?

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    Hi, no I haven't(sorry not much help I know) but very similar concept to espalier? Interesting idea, would like to know how you get on might help keep the birdies off the plot too.

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    • #3
      Might also help when harvesting...........
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      • #4
        I do believe that this is called "festooning" and was often used on plums which would then be festooned with fruit.

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        • #5
          A good idea but I'd decorate the bottles maybe put some wings on them
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          • #6
            I know it's not at all the same....but this works so well with roses, almost immediate results, that I would say it's well worth a try.
            http://goneplotterin.blogspot.co.uk/

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            • #7
              I'm toying around with doing away with the bottles & sandbags & simply tying string to the branches, bending them down.................. & anchoring the string down.............hopefully the string wont damage the branches.
              Last edited by Bigmallly; 19-05-2015, 06:50 PM.
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              • #8
                Here's an earlier thread about it


                http://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gra...ning_4748.html

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                • #9
                  Nice find Jay.............Cheers.
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                  • #10
                    it's such a pitty these aren't more affordable - imagine using these as weights.

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                    I may have to look around car boot sales and toy shops. Oh yes and buy a fruit tree that's suitable.

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                    • #11
                      You should have kept those dolphins, jay-ell

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                      • #12
                        Don't be silly VC dolphins can't climb - unless they're being chased by ...


                        Hmmm dolphins and monkies

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                        • #13
                          Another page with an informative illustration


                          https://thisblessedplot.wordpress.co...ng-plum-trees/

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jay-ell View Post
                            Another page with an informative illustration


                            https://thisblessedplot.wordpress.co...ng-plum-trees/
                            I came across that site yesterday Jay, I think soft string is the way to go.
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                            • #15
                              A little update!
                              Inspired by this thread, (and because I'm so short and can't reach the top branches,) I tied some branches down and back to the trunk on a plum and a couple of apple trees.
                              Could be wishful thinking but these branches do seem to have more and larger fruit on them.
                              Also, they are holding their "festooned" shape with the ties removed. Its only taken a few months to train them - I'm amazed because I thought they'd spring back up again.

                              I've already earmarked some more branches for the festooning treatment.
                              Thanks BM for the idea
                              Last edited by veggiechicken; 25-08-2015, 06:22 PM.

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