Summer Pruning Stone Fruits
Oh boy! Am I confused! Just found ten fruit tree growing sites that recommend new advice (contrary to the old) in regard to pruning stone fruits (ie:cherries and apricots) for the hoime orchard. They advised that (for example) on an apricot tree....DURING SUMMER....you should cut off ALL the vertical branches (except for main trunk and major limbs) 3 to 5 inches from the limb they are growing on......In addition, they say make sure to include at least two spurs....which is where the fruit will be growing from.. In other words...you top the tree to the desired height (usually six to eight feet to facilitate spraying, harvesting, etc. WARNING!!! Never prune apricot trees in winter.
This is the opposite of what I have always read in my research for pruning apricot trees....which was: "Always prune apricots in LATE WINTER while they are dormant.".
"Prune only those branches that are dead, diseased or crossing other branches."...."Keep the center of tree open to sunlight".
Whose advice should I follow?