Now is the time to start summer pruning Apple an Pear espaliers. Aim for the end of July to mid August. The reason you Summer prune is to restrict growth (after all an espalier is a restricted form) and to let in light to help the fruit ripen. The light also encourages buds. Jun 23, Keeping your fruit trees in check with their summer pruning starts NOW. For me that means it's apple espalier pruning time. My espaliers are in their 5th year and I'm still using the basic principles of pruning AND I'm seeing the results.
You're supposed to prune your apple trees duringEstimated Reading Time: 6 mins. Mr woody, summer pruning needs to be done when the tree shows signs of needing it. Its all about understanding the principles, learning from the tree and using your judgment.
Apple and pear trees are very generous and forgiving and within sensible limits you will usually be all right. The worst mistake is not to plant a fruit tree. Oct 6, - restricted forms of fruit tree such as fans, cordons or (as here) espaliers require summer pruning. This is essential to maintain the restricted form, maximi. Summer pruning on many fruit trees is essential. By pruning in summer you are helping to put energy back into the tree and its fruiting production, rather th.