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Tree Pruning Delima

Posted by Puggylover75 9B (My Page) on
Fri, May 18, 12 at 15:28

This is a Desert Gold Peach. Unknown root stock. This tree has gone crazy growing this year so far.

Still has some fruit on it but should all be gone in about a week.

My question is do I prune it now or wait a little longer? It's permanent height will be around 8 or 9 feet.

Here is a link that might be useful: Desert Gold Peach

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RE: Tree Pruning Delima

Can't get to photo, but I like to train a peach to a central leader and than change it to open center 2 or 3 years after planting. You should prune anything that excessively shades your permanent scaffolds. These should be 3 or 4 branches at the height that will allow you to maintain the tree where you want it. Those branches need to be well lit along their entire length to keep shoots growing along their entirety.

RE: Tree Pruning Delima

Hopefully the pic made it this time

Here is a link that might be useful: Desert Gold Peaach

RE: Tree Pruning Delima

These pictures are after I pruned. I hope I did it correctly. Get really nervous about this part. Should I take some of the height down also? Or do I wait a little bit and summer prune in say July? Would I just shape it all to the desired height?

The tree was planted in the summer of 2010. Right now it is about 7' tall by about 8' diameter. Scaffolds start at about 15"





Here is the before pic just in case.

Desert Gold Peach, Tim and I split our first peach yesterday! Just a tad too early.

RE: Tree Pruning Delima

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Wed, May 23, 12 at 0:36

Desert Gold is one of my favorite peaches. Sadly it doesn't get much love on this message board. DG is truly special in my locale. Large, colorful, fragrant, sweet-tart, melting, and early -- what's not to like?

As for pruning, it can be hard to visualize descriptions and instructions and then apply them in the real world. There are a number of outstanding pruning videos at the Dave Wilson Nursery YouTube page. Pruning is pretty simple and nothing to get intimidated about.

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