Gardeners often fall into one of two categories: either they LOVE pruning time every year ("It's cathartic!") or they HATE pruning time every year ("I think that tree can wait till next year.").
Unfortunately, it is part of the deal when you plant fruit trees. All fruit trees, but especially peach trees, need some coddling when it comes to pruning time.
Confused about how to prune a peach tree? Want to get the largest fruit possible? Read on!
Your goal is to open up the tree so that the sun can reach the fruit. This is iimportant to good fruit color, and allows air to circulate which helps avoid pests and diseases.
Too much shade on the lower branches can kill the growing peach twigs in one season and after a while, no fruiting wood will grow in the lower part of the tree.
Thankfully, pruning a peach tree - or a dwarf peach tree - is pretty straight forward.
Don't be afraid to prune peach trees hard. You might be afraid that you are losing some fruit if you do this (and you will be) but the tradeoff is far better quality fruit next year.
Lastly, watch your peach tree spacing when planting. They need plenty of air circulation to produce healthy fruit and you need room to get around the tree to pick it!
For full size trees, aim for 20 feet apart. Dwarf peach trees are good with 10 feet.
Follow these few steps and you'll be well on your way to a bumper crop of juicy peaches.
Want more info on pruning? Read the Pruning 101 post from our Horticultural Team