One of the most asked questions when we talk to people about growing fruit trees is how do I prune? And peach tree pruning seems to be the most mysterious to us Northerners.
Maybe it’s the fact that we rarely see peaches growing up north, but we all seem at a loss on how to get them to grow and produce well. And few books have true species specific information on what shape works well. When Brian and I started growing peaches, this was our most pressing question.
If you’re just starting to consider growing peaches in a cold climate, check out our 4 Secrets to Growing Peaches in Cold Climates tutorial. If you have a peach or are considering buying one, continue reading to see videos and information on best practices for pruning.
It is painful to prune. You have to admit that first. Every time you remove a branch, you are removing potential fruit. But, if you don’t prune, your fruit will be small. Your tree will be more likely to deal with disease. And you’re likely to see more breakage when your tree sets too much fruit. Ok, these are all good reasons, but there is a more important one…
That is Tree Health. In the north, and especially in the Northeast, stone fruits struggle the first 3 to 5 years against bacterial canker. Pruning, at the right time, will help your tree maintain good health, focus on its roots, and grow a nice structure to give you peaches for years to come. That’s what you want, right? Good!
We’ve found that there are a lot of opinions on pruning peaches. We figure that the experts at NC State Extension office probably see more peach trees and peach pruning than all the northern extension offices combined. Their videos are incredibly informative and well done.
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