Hi! I’m growing two apple trees as espaliers. I got them as 1 year old maidens last winter, pruned them above a bud and they’ve grown the first level of branches this summer. However, one of them only grew one branch, on the left. Is there any way I can encourage it to produce another one on the right, so it won’t look lopsided? Thanks a million!
The other way is to bring across a branch and tie it in position, or bring one down, or prune the branch you have on one side to force it to produce a second shoot.
Or you could graft in a shoot, kept dormant in the fridge until April. Cut a strip of bark on three sides and lift it carefully off the wood and insert a diagonally cut shoot and tie firmly with garden twine. Wrap it around with a strip of black polythene. If it takes, and there is a good chance it will, cuta away the polythene ties in summer when growth is good. Allow the garden twine to break away naturally.