Saturday 5 May 2018

The case of the strange straight apple tree in the garden

This is a rather strange apple tree. I know it's an apple tree, because it had a couple of apples on it when we viewed the house we now live in, last November. Unless the sellers managed to glue a couple to the tree for effect.

Anyway, I'm not sure what to do about it. I mean, it's growing straight up.

Of course, in general, things grow up, unless they grow in the ground, but let's not confuse this matter any further. But for not just the trunk, but all the branches to grow up in the same manner, I mean, how do you even get an apple tree to grow in such a way?

There is of course the issue of taste. And going by these buds, and the luck of the weather goddess, it looks like I should get some apples this year. What type, cookers or eaters, well, I guess I'll have to wait and see. And hope I can get to an apple day with some of the fruit to see if I can find out what variety it is.

However, going back to the issue of straightness, I'm in a quandary. What do I do with this tree? How in the hell do I prune it so the branches go out and not straight up. I'm asking you, dear reader, for help! Any suggestions? And can I start pruning now, or wait until next winter?

Over to you.