I had 20 fruit and nut trees (plus other soft fruit)delivered last tues and have left them wrapped in the two plastic wrappers due weather. Ground here is about workable daytime and wonder if I should try get them planted before next weekend colder weather. I intend apples and pears as espaliers and plums as fans and wish to know as all are supposed to be 2 yrs. can I leave two tiers if suitable for tying in before cutting back central leader to bud above ‘that’ tier?
If there are suitably placed branches for espalier shape, leave them, tie them in and use them.