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Pruning a dwarf peach

Posted by dottyinduncan z8b coastal BC (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 20, 10 at 19:42

I have a very healthy dwarf peach, I think it is Red Haven tht has had super fruit the last couple of years. I'm sure I should be pruning it, but how? The book Pruning and Training, only says that dwarf peaches have a poor growing habit with crossing branches. No recommendation. I don't want to let this get overgrown but I have butchered too many plants with poor pruning, I'd really appreciate some help.

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RE: Pruning a dwarf peach

dotty, when it comes to pruning, I find visuals are much better than written instructions :-) I've attached a link to a UMass video that does a pretty good job of illustrating the process, if you can overlook the somewhat distracting soundtrack.

If you do a Google search on "peach pruning", you'll turn up a number of other, written instructions - mostly from extension services - that may fill in any blanks. Sometimes these can be a bit too technical for their own good and difficult to follow.

Here is a link that might be useful: peach pruning video

RE: Pruning a dwarf peach

Thanks Gardengal! Exactly what I needed. My tree is much the same size and raggedness as the before pic. I have one question for pruning in general: Do you cip off the tips of the branches you are keeping? I remember one gardener giving a demo and saying that clipping off the tip forces the tree to put effort into the side shoots. I noticed that the UMASS demo did not do this.

RE: Pruning a dwarf peach

Sorry I have no peach trees so I cant help there, but I do have lots of apples, cherries, and pears. When I started pruning them I checked out books from the library and watched videos online, but I felt I could never find all of the answers to my tree issues. So now I have started taking pictures of my trees from several different angles and then going to my local nursery for advice. There are a couple fruit tree fanatics that work at the nursery and they get real excited when I come in with pictures. I often leave with more information than I could possibly remember, but my trees have been doing much better now.

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