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  • OT: Pruning Peach Trees after harves?

    Everything I read seems to point at pruning peach trees in the south before bud break. I did that. Now that harvest is over I can't see where a light prune would hurt anything. Do any of yall do a post harvest prune on your peach trees down south? Wills?

  • #2
    I'm in PA and that wouldn't work here but I have read of growers doing that in CA. If you don't get an experienced answer here you could try on the GrowingFruit forum
    Ed
    SW PA zone 6a

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    • #3
      Video with a good tutorial...
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQz5qApNwug
      Good Luck.

      Attached are photos of 3 different Peach trees (Elberta, Belle of Georgia, Red haven) and 1 plum tree (Stanley) that will be severely pruned later in the summer. The Stanley, Belle of Georgia and Elberta will be coppiced back to 24" trunks.
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      Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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      • #4
        Sure, you can do some summer pruning to remove wayward or over vigorous growth. I usually trim a few branches here and there as needed, especially if any grafts are getting too much shade.
        https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
        SE PA
        Zone 6

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        • #5
          Right on, thanks for the responses! I just planted this tree a few months ago. It's been in a 35 gallon pot for 3 years now. I went ahead and let it fruit after transplanting but it spent all its energy this spring producing fruit. I just want to give it a little kick in the butt to start growing again. I feel it may be a little shocked.

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          • #6
            http://www.davewilson.com/community-...uit-trees-2013

            this should help
            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

            “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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            • #7
              I prune mine all summer long. Watersprouts and shaping you can do anytime. Pruning them just makes them grow.....
              Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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              • #8
                Severe summer pruning can encourage peach tree short life disease. Maintenance pruning as Wills does is ok.
                Ray in Columbia, SC Zone 8

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                • AscPete
                  AscPete commented
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                  My idea of severe summer pruning is 1/3 of the total canopy (per standard practice) and coppicing is always done after the trees go dormant.
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