Advice on Pruning Newly Planted Peach Tree
Received a bareroot peach tree this Spring which I planted in a pot. Semi-dwarf Flat Wonderful. Basically it was one long stem of pretty thick caliper with two short lateral branches coming off of it. I planted it as received. Here is a photo of it now. It has new growth on the existing laterals as well as initiating three new scaffolds from the main stem. The scaffolds all have good angles and are spaced around the tree. Here is my perceived dilemma. The branches are all too high for my liking. The lowest scaffold branch is 30 inches from the soil. Do I take it now and whack it off at say 24 inches and pray I get new lateral development below that as you would with a new whip? This trunk is pretty thick for a new tree and I'm afraid I might not get new growth where I want it after cutting off the healthy growth that currently exists. Maybe it just looks to tall since I have it in a pot until I can find a permanent home for it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.