Take a new step in your garden this autumn by planting some step-over fruit trees.
Growing Stepover Fruit Trees
- These fruit trees are effectively one tier espaliers
- They are kept low enough to step over when necessary. 18-25″ will normally suit.
- Starting with a Y shape with two main shoots train them horizontally in opposite directions. Aim for a spread of 10 feet. Prune out the vertical leader
- Support with low wire on a ‘gripple system’.
Benefits of Stepover Fruit Trees
- Ideal for planting in front of ornamental borders
- Form a low edging for vegetable plots.
- Increases the yield from small spaces particularly in smaller gardens. Larger fruit and often less numerous on stepovers.
- There are a growing number of species now available from specialist suppliers particularly of apples and pears. Select spur-fruited varieties on dwarf stock.
- They can become attractive conversation pieces.