Trellis Training

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Trellis Training

In this movie we’ll have a look at the way in which trees are supported in the orchard. As a tree grows in an orchard it needs support. Wind can cause damage to the trunk and can also cause the tree to grow in the wrong direction. To prevent this from happening, the central leader of the young tree is supported. Trees that are supported after planting also gain height faster, which allow the allocated space to be filled sooner. An unsupported tree will be shorter than a supported tree. Supported trees grow larger than unsupported trees and will bear more fruit as the tree is larger and has more bearing area. Trees perform far better when they have a good trellising system to support them. Once the tree is full established the trellis can be removed, but it’s a lot of work to remove a trellis system and so generally they’re just left in the orchard.