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Looking to plant 2 pear trees in garden corner against fence, each espaliered in opposite directions. Ideally 2 types, ?early and?late fruiting. As we live 3 streets back from Papamoa Beach there is about 1 metre of soil before hitting sand. So would pear trees survive, they would be protected by the fence from winds, although would get some salt spray from severe storms. Got inspired from my visit to gardens in France, so if pears unsuitable, do you have any other options.

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Hi Lorraine, That’s what gardening is all about, getting inspiration from “others garden(ers)”. The soil environment for the pear is fine, potentially the salt spray can do some damage, to what extent, unfortunately you will only find out at the time, it might burn some foliage and to the skin of any fruit, but I don’t think that in a home environment the aim is to get export quality fruit. There are ways to help shield the plant from these winds if sprayed with a mix of Free flow copper and Enspray oil. I have 3 espaliered fruit trees at home and they are great fun. (not a “plant and leave” kind of thing!) You can buy double grafts or you can buy 2 varieties and plant “together” just remember range is not big at this time of the year new stock comes in around June. Thanks the Palmers team.

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