Nursery Makes Paying More Fun
ICPAN Nursery and The Espalier Tree and Trellis Company, had an overwhelming response to their retail site at this year’s “Melbourne and International Flower and Garden Show”, held at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Custom designed frames displayed plants to their full potential.
With the shrinking size of today’s urban garden space, exhibition visitors showed great interest in how our plants are being used to transform backyards into “Garden Rooms”. We demonstrated how plant frames can be used in everyday garden situations, as partitions and as featured productive displays on walls and fenced areas. These applications create not only a beautiful display, but also a wonderful private screening.
This was our first exhibition of custom-designed and purpose built frames to complement our espaliered plants. Frame designs were provided by business partner, Mr. Rex Swindle-Hurst of The Espalier Tree and Trellis Company.
Watering: Espalier plants are the easiest plants to care for. They will require plenty of water while maturing, and during fruiting. The best way to ensure your plant receives enough water, is to place a saucer under the pot. Water the plant until the saucer is full, letting the plant take up the water from the saucer and not watering again until the soil looks grey or dry on top.
Feeding: Plants kept in containers will require some seasonal feeding. This is mainly during Spring and Autumn. We recommend using a mix of Blood and Bone, Lucerne hay and chook manure to fertilise. Using a different fertiser every so often, like a liquid based citrus food will guard against nutrient deficiencies.Two applications through the growing season will keep your plant healthy and in good fruit.
Training: Espaliers require some lateral training to keep their shape. Extra clips are provided with your plant. As your plant continues to grow, it is a simple matter of bending the growth back in the desired direction and clipping it onto the frame. This will reduce the sap flow in the lateral growth and encourages the lateral growth to produce smaller fruiting laterals along the bent stem, (Lemons and Limes) and at the end of the bent stems for oranges. You will see by doing this we are also encouraging the fruit to grow. So the action of keeping the plant trained to the frame at the same time encourages it to fruit.