Pruning fruit trees - Knowledgebase Question

Pismo Beach, Ca
Question by paulmschiro
December 20, 2009
I live on the central coast of California..when is the best time to prune my stone-fruit trees (peaches, nectarines) and my apple trees? I thought it was after the first frost or when the leaves fall off. When should I fertilize them also?

Answer from NGA
December 20, 2009


December through February are the best times to prune your fruit trees. Wait until after a frost, which will signal your trees it's time to go into dormancy. I typically wait until mid-February so I know that any new growth the pruning produces will be safe from frosty weather. Feed your fruit trees when they begin to develop leaves and flowers. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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