After losing my weeping pussy willow standard last winter, I'm determined to have more success this year with the replacements standards & apple espalier (I'm not even sure you knew I had an espalier???) We had an extremely windy fall/winter which may have been a big factor in that loss??
Whatever the cause, I don't want another repeat with more of my valuable plants, so I started researching (in late summer) steps to prevent more casualties.
Three 2012 additions ~ Apple Espalier, 'Miss Kim' lilac standard & David Austins 'Winchester Cathedral' standard ~ all concern me & therefore warrant extra protection (if for no other reason than my piece of mind!).
The Apple espalier has six different varieties grafted onto the trunk ~ Gala, Jonagold, Gravenstein, Braeburn, Macintosh & Fuji. All are semi dwarf.
Each graft successfully bloomed & even produced a few fruit:
which were larger than we expected & quite delicious.
But I digress ~ back to the research! Results concluded the best way to add extra protection was to wrap the trunks ~ especially at the point of grafts. The easiest (& fastest) way is by using pipe insulation!
Perfect! We like easy & fast around here...
Above, trunk wrapped, all that's left is a bit of extra detail to the graft points.
What do you think?? Will it work?? I sure hope so!