Help me understand summer pruning of peach trees
I am uncertain how new wood is produced on peach trees. I have heard that peaches don't put out new wood on the lower trunk so I have not wanted to prune off the lower branches.
Now what I have are peach bushes, but the branches are several feet tall and going up, not out.
I understand how the Swiss pruning method works with apples, but this does not seem to follow with peaches. The author, in Ecological Fruit Production in the North, says, "Never cut back a fruiting branch back part way."
If I were to cut back all the way the branches that are too long, will the tree put out new branches?
I am such a visual person and I tried to look up summer pruning on YouTube but I didn't find anything useful. Is there somewhere I can look for guidance on year-by-year pruning of peach trees? My trees are close, 5'x7', so I am not really sure how to proceed.
I certainly did not realize how soft peach wood is and how heavy peaches are. My PF24C just broke off half-way. I was too busy with work and didn't realize what was happening until it was too late. Fortunately there are several branches left below the break, but I obviously am not doing things right.
My trees are all about 3 years old. Because of a very cold, dry winter year-before-last there were no peach blossoms on any of them. This is the first year I have had peaches.