Pruning peach trees

Asked March 1, 2017, 12:26 PM EST

My trees need pruning but with the recent warm weather there are buds on the branches. Is it safe to prune? Also last year a late freeze killed all the blossoming buds. Any suggestions to avoid this year.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Take a look at our website for information on stone fruits and pruning.

Open blooms are more cold-sensitive than closed buds. Avoid planting in low areas or frost pockets. If possible, cover small trees with a light tarp or other light cover if a frost is expected. See the chart from Penn State on Critical Temperatures for Various Fruits