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Name: Dave Chapel
northern Illinois
Navydave
Feb 10, 2018 10:55 AM CST
This last summer I grew awesome peaches, tree's where discounted at the end of season 2015. I believe they are "Dwarf" but, definitely did not grow that way.

They where so big I had to "truss up" the limbs to keep it from splitting apart.
What is the proper way to prune the tree in the spring.
Thanks for the advice.
Dave
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 10, 2018 4:46 PM CST
Welcome!

The objective to pruning is to invigorate the tree for long term health and be able to reach the fruit without hiring a helicopter (but yours in a dwarf Smiling ). Here are some peach tree pruning basics:

Scaffholding branches: These are the main branches that come off the trunk. There are usually 3 (but up to 5) forming a vase shape - they should be growing up at an angle, not down or straight out. Cut off any extra scaffhold branches just outside the little collar that forms around the base of the branch.

Cut off anything below the scaffhold branches including suckers coming up from the rootstock.

Side branches (the twiggy ones coming off the scaffhold branches): The fruiting branches are red and the old, non-fruiting branches are grey. Cut out the grey ones. Cut out anything that crosses through the center of the tree or is growing at a down angle or straight out.

I never let the side fruiting branches grow longer than about 18 inches. Wait to prune until you see the pink of the buds - sooner and you risk late freezes. Don't use pruning sealer - it causes mold and rot problems.

If you post a photo of your tree, we might be able to spot something I haven't mentioned.
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Name: Dave Chapel
northern Illinois
Navydave
Feb 11, 2018 6:59 AM CST
Thank You!

I'll post some pictures when the snow isn't so deep!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2018 11:11 AM CST
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 13, 2018 7:23 PM CST
There is alot to pruning fruit trees.
More than can be explained by words.
Like, say : hanger branches !

I suggest you to Google. pruning peach trees.
That way, you can see some diagrams. 👍
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 13, 2018 9:07 PM CST
Hanger branches: we covered that - the ones that hang down. Cut them off. Sighing!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 14, 2018 11:18 AM CST
This is my first time using this moji.
Sighing!
Look up, Hanger Branches.
They produce the most fruit !
Now for main scaffolding, you don't want major support branches hanging.
Pruning is an ART ! It, can't be explained in words, or you'll have a train wreck of a tree. 😟😞😭

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Name: Frank Mosher
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fwmosher
Feb 20, 2018 12:15 PM CST
For what my two-cents are worth: As I understand "hanger branches", they are the main fruiting branches on my three peach trees. I would cut off my own arm before cutting off one of those. But, they are loaded with fruit always, and as such prone to breaking of from the main trunk!! I use all kinds of ingenious methods to take the weight off the branch and off the trunk, by sticking in a fence post here and there, making a tripod, running a horizontal board between same, gearing up rope braces to ease the strain, and on and on. Worth the effort. Cheers!
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 20, 2018 12:21 PM CST
Howdy Frank 😀
👍👍 On your ideals for the hanger branches !!!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 20, 2018 12:22 PM CST
Fruiting branches that come off scaffold branches at a downward angle are going to break. There should be plenty of fruit without keeping branches that might pose a thread to the overall health of your tree. If you want to keep them, make them short.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Name: Dave Chapel
northern Illinois
Navydave
Feb 21, 2018 3:54 PM CST
I am not concerned with breaking branches, I get plenty of soft strap's free from work.
I have always heard different things about when to prune, so as not to "shock" the fruit production.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 21, 2018 4:33 PM CST
Dave : Prune anytime after harvest, to blooming.
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