Pruning in autumn

franktank232(z5 WI)October 18, 2012

Anyone do it? Problems? I had to prune some peaches back that i'm moving and to get hardware cloth around them (they had a lot of very low branches). I think i've done this in the past and don't recall seeing any issues... I doubt removing small wood like this should be a problem? I don't think i'd removing and quarter sized diameter wood this time of year...

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Pruning peaches in your zone is not good in really cold weather (mid-Nov-March I would guess) but that is the only constraint. In my climate I prune year-round. I started on my "winter" pruning a few weeks ago, I like dealing with major shape-change pruning early on since the rest of the pruning depends on it.


    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 2:21PM
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alan haigh

The mid-Oct snow storm last year here once again showed that fall pruning can be OK. It isn't recommended for peaches by the current guidelines for the northeast but I am unaware of research that demonstrates the danger. Kansas peach growers in the last century used to prune peaches as late as early fall to increase cold hardiness- now the claim is that it reduces it. Generally I'd recommend against it in Z5 although I suspect the danger is only the possibility of extreme cold shortly after pruning as it is with apples. After 2 or 3 weeks apple wounds harden.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 3:07PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

So hard to know how cold of a winter is in store, but hopefully there won't be any issues. I only pruned back a few (peach seedlings). I also plan on moving a few. I'd like to do it now so I have more time to do other things come spring.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 3:10PM
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I like to prune just after the leaves drop, which is usually early November.

This has a lot to do with the brush pickup schedule, but also the prevailing weather.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 7:24PM
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alan haigh

Here I transplant in fall every year- and scores of trees including bare roots. I will be moving 20 trees to a zone 5b in a few days- all bearing age trees with some on bare roots. A nice insulating mulch and they will be fine.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 9:04PM
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H-man do you prune your trees after they are transplanted?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 10:33AM
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