Pleached trees - growing stages with their production and buying options.

Posted on January 10, 2020 by David Fairley | 0 comments
The trees are originally grown in fields. Once a tall enough trunk is established around 180cm with a 8-10cm stem girth (circumference) and a strong canopy of stems, stems are splayed and pleached across a frame of bamboo stems. The trees are then grown on a season for the stems to fill out across the frame better. Once the is a good coverage of pleached stems then the trees are ready for lifting out of the fields. The root balls are potted into containers of quality compost. 
We then need to differentiate what we offer to buy, the difference is between the 8-10cm stem girth trees with one years growth (in the containers after their first year splayed across the frame) and the then larger 12-14cm stem girth specimen which had two years growth or more in containers across the frame.

1. The 8-10cm stem girth trees, after they have been pleached across the 150x120cm frame, are then brought on 1 Year in the Italian nursery to further establish on, across the whole frame. This option is what you have purchased.
2. The next option is then the same pleached tree grown on in Italy another year or more for the pleached stems that have already been spread to then have another year of growth. This two years of growing seasons (after the initial pleach), means the pleached stems will then fill out the frame more thickly. These are typically 12-14cm girth trees.

Considering which size/age to go for
A. Importantly the additional growing time in containers of option 2 means the trees are around double the price of the option 1. So they are a lot more expensive, if you would prefer to have option 2.
B. Also important is that if the 8-10cm pleached option have been planted well, as yours have in the Autumn, then this Spring and Summer when they grow they will thicken out and will become similar to the specimens mentioned as option 2. This saves a great deal of money, when your trees will catch up nicely in this Summer. (It is worth noting that you will help the thickening out process this Spring/Summer if you prune off stems that try to grow outside the frame’s edge, focusing the trees energy and growth within the frame.)
Proper planting
 for successful establishing and thickening of the growth in the pleached frame~
Planting of the trees, particularly with pleached trees properly is essential. Of course they are to be planted with lots of quality compost. The trees must be secured well with 2 timber stakes supporting each tree from stem to posts, with strong rubber tree ties. The frames also must be secured together to each other (ideally with large cable ties) to guarantee success of the trees. Pleached trees are very top heavy and will move around a lot in storms, being secured together means they move around 90% less. If they do move around the stems can snap, the trees also may rock their root making it difficult for the root and tree to establish. Also trees can set at an angle if not properly secured, making them not straight and unsightly if not secured with their timber posts and rubber tree ties, this is made worse if the frames are not secured together.
Aftercare is very important too. 
1. Regular watering is important to keep the root ball and the local ground around moist at all time for your new plants. If not new root trying to establish can simply dry up. 
2. Feeding Is very important too. If you have planted your trees with quality compost that is great. But the trees will use up the nutrients within 3 months. So to quickly establish new plants, including trees, you need to feed the root ball and local area around the root ball three times in the year. This can be done in April, then July and finally October, we advise a multi purpose liquid fertiliser made up in watering cans, and apply this feed to the root ball and surrounding area with two watering cans per new tree.



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