How to prune and train peaches 2x6ft spacing?
New peach and nectarine in my greenhouse are spaced 2x6 and 3x6ft some trellis some not. All will be grown as a narrow hedge about 18-24 inches wide and 6ft tall.
The new trees have 6-20 branches and have been nursery pruned at ~40 inches.
Also have a picture of a one year old tree and new trees just behind.
My thoughts are that the current trunk on the new trees is the one and only scaffold these trees will ever have. All I want off the current trunk is fruiting wood to start cropping next year.
So how about leaving 6-12 shoots on the new trees. Prune each shoot to 3-4 buds. And attempt to grow 18-30 inch new shoots covered in flower buds to fruit next year.
On the one year tree there are 5 unbranched flowering shoots like I'd want and two branched shoots that are more vigorous than I'd want. In the new planting those vigorous shoots would be removed by summer pruning in the year of origin or stubbed back now for renewal wood.
My question is what height to leave new trees and how much to prune back existing branches?
I know this is a special situation not many will face but thanks for looking!!