How to trim a Contender Peach to encourage fruit production
Hello, I have had a Contender Peach tree in the ground for 3 years. We have gone through 2 spring cycles and have yet to see any flower blossoms in the spring. I was recently reading about a peach tree needing to be trimmed into a vase like shape in order to encourage fruit production. Should I be trimming my central leader and if so, where would I place the cut? Thank you!
General pruning guidelines
- Remove diseased, broken, or dead branches.
- Remove any downward-growing branches.
- If two limbs are crossed, entangled, or otherwise competing, remove one of them completely at its base.
- Remove any limb along the trunk that is getting bigger in diameter than the trunk.
- Remove suckers coming up from the roots or low on the trunk.
- Remove watersprouts, which are vigorous vertical branches.
- Pruning cuts should be made close to the branch collar at the base of the limb. For larger limbs, first cut on the underside of the limb to avoid tearing the bark.
- Remove large limbs first and start in the top of the tree.
- Thinning cuts remove entire branches at the branch collar and are almost always recommended. Heading cuts remove only part of a branch and encourage unwanted vegetative growth just below the cut.