Prune Your Peach Tree
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Training Your Peach Tree (continued)
In the second summer (
), remove all growths from both of the main
branches, leaving only three on each branch - two pointing upwards and
one pointing downwards. See the diagram on the right.
Pruning in Later Years
The branches should first be pruned around
time after the
flowers have faded and the fruit is beginning to form.
the branches which are bearing fruit and remove all new shoots on them
with the exception of the following:
1. Do not remove the the shoot nearest the base of the branch (see 'DO NOT
PRUNE' in the diagram above) - this should be allowed to develop and
will bear fruit next year.
2. Keep three or four of the healthiest shoots which have young developing fruit.
The second phase of pruning is in early
, when the foliage starts to die down
and the structure of the tree is more visible. Cut out all branches which
have produced fruit this summer as far back as the shoot nearest the
base of the branch (the 'DO NOT PRUNE' shoot shown in the above
diagram). Tie in all stems to the wire supports.
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