How to Prune a Peach Fan

Peach maiden whip

The Peach tree got it’s first prune today. The maiden whip that we planted a few weeks ago needed to have its formative pruning before the flowers emerged. There were plenty of branches to work with. I was looking for two strong branches on either side, at around the same height from the ground, to make the two main arms of the final fan. After that all the other branches would be pruned to one bud, including the leader (main branch in the middle). Then the two chosen branches were cut back to one upward-facing growth bud (ie, not a flower bud).

Peach first year trained
This is the tree after its been pruned. As you can see I’ve attached two canes to the wires and tied in the branches to them. The canes should ideally be around 30 degrees. However, because the branches were quite stiff I didn’t want to pull them down too far and risk breaking them. So I plan to inch the canes down to the right angle over the summer months. The tree started with around 12 flower buds – now it has none, due to the prune. But that’s okay because we’re only expecting to have peaches in the 3rd or 4th year of growth anyway. do a nice visual pdf on how to prune a Peach

3 Comments on “How to Prune a Peach Fan

  1. I have 3 peach trees, one that is way overgrown and two that are small and near it that arent really growing or producing fruit, should I transplant the small ones to a better area?

  2. Hi Adam,

    I’m no expert with Peach trees but I have been reading up on them quite a lot lately.

    To be on the safe side I would move the two smaller ones to a bigger space. They also don’t like soil that is too alkaline so make sure to add plenty of compost or rotted manure to the hole before planting.

    Regarding the non-production of fruit. Do they flower and then not produce fruit? If so then it’s pretty clear that there’s a pollination issue. Peaches flower very early, so early infact that there are very few insects around. You will need to manually pollinate them using a paintbrush.

    If they flower and then the flowers fall off then this could be frost or low temperatures.

    If they don’t flower at all then there could be a more serious issue like the tree is diseased (Leaf Curl will reduce the amount of peaches) or out of nutrients (they need feeding constantly).

    But it’s all fixable! – well maybe apart from the diseases :(

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