Eaton Wright

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I recently bought an apple tree at a nursery. It's on a dwarfing rootstock and will only get about 6-8 ft. When I bought it, the person who I was talking with from the nursery said that I should count up five buds from the bottom and cut off everything above it. I understand why pruning is important, I just don't understand why I should do that to my new tree.

There's really not too much to the tree to start with (maybe two or three feet tall--possibly 10 or so buds... sorry the pictures don't show the whole tree that well). Here are two pictures I took this morning. Sorry the one is not focused correctly.

4 years ago
Just wondering what kind of plant this is.

Thanks!

5 years ago
I am planning on "building" a Walipini, or some variation on that theme. I want to be able to produce food during the winters here in Utah.

Using the information from this thread, it seems that to the angle for the roof to get full sun at the winter solstice would be around ~64 degrees; this means that the roof would be almost 25' high with a 12' width (wanted to do 24', but that might not work that well). I think this may be higher than my house...

Are there any alternatives to a Walipini or at least the roof that would actually work? I would prefer to only use the sun for heat instead of installing a rmh. According to weather.com the average low here in winter is 27 degrees.

I was thinking of building a pitched roof, which would decrease the height by half.. but I don't know if that is the best way to go.

Thanks!
5 years ago