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When/How to prune a desert nectarine tree?

Posted by sirjonny 8 S.Scottsdale ( on
Sun, Nov 27, 05 at 3:59

I planted a frail 5 gallon tree 2 years ago and it was pretty dormant for the first year, but starting this past Spring, grew like crazy. Its probably 8 ft. tall and 5-6 ft. wide. We got some nice fruit from it this year as well.

Someone mentioned to me that it needs really aggressive pruning. I seem to recall them saying fruit wont grow on the same branches twice (or something similar). Or did I hear that wrong?

That said, the size is fine, the shape is fine and theres no funny growth. Do I need to prune it? If so, how?

Thanks, Jon

P.S. How much water does it need in the winter? I think I watered it every couple of weeks last year, but now its bigger.

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RE: When/How to prune a desert nectarine tree?

I have a quckie tutorial on my site, that might answer some of your questions.. When I was managing fruit orchards we'd stop all irrigation in the winters.. I think were going to have a colder winter this year, that should help with giving you the hours of dormancy your going to need.. The tutorial is for a peach tree, but it is the same for all stone fruits

Here is a link that might be useful: Peach Tree Prunning

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