|Our peach tree is laden with peaches and the branches have bent over to the ground because of the weight of the fruit. Will the branches straighten up in the fall and how should I prune these branches next spring?
|Answer from NGA
August 6, 1999
|Quick! Before the branches split or break from the weight of ripening fruit, prop them up with 2'x4's or some other sturdy supports. The branches will raise back up after the fruit has been harvested but prolonged stress on them can cause cracks and breaks in the wood. You can remove two of every three branches that grew this year, then prune the main scaffolding branches back by about one-third during the dormant season to promote new growth next spring. Enjoy your harvest!
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