Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pruning Peaches & Muscadines 2011

It's late winter, so hopefully most of the hardest freezes are behind us here in central Alabama. That makes it time to prune fruit trees. I was unable to attend the local pruning workshops, so I settled for a series of videos to freshen my memory. The following one by the UMass Fruit Advisor provides an overview of the process.

Since every tree is a different, I dug around youtube a bit more and came up with the following series of videos by Gurney’s Seed on how to train young trees.
2nd year pruning =>
3rd year pruning =>
4th year =>

Important peach pruning notes:

  1. Remove diseased or dead limbs.
  2. Peaches bear fruit on last year's wood.
  3. Keep fruit low enough to pick
  4. Thin branches for good air circulation, to minimize disease, and to provide sunlight to leaves
  5. Provide sturdy "scaffolding" to carry the weight of fruit
  6. Limit number of fruiting branches so remainder of fruit will be large and healthy.

prunersI got out my trusty Corona bypass pruners and mixed a container of bleach to wash off diseases instead of spreading them everywhere I make a cut.


I cut this tree back to 4 scaffold branches a couple of years ago, so this year I just needed to clean up the new growth.




Before 2011 Pruning








After 2011 Pruning




In a few months we’ll see how well it worked.

I also have several muscadine grape vines which needed pruning. They were planted and trained to a geneva double curtain trellis as described in

If you especially like videos, here’s one from goGardenNow in south Georgia about pruning his vineyard.


Now if I can find a professional in this area to critique my work I’ll know better what to do next year. Luckily, pruning is a fairly forgiving venture. Go enjoy your garden!

No comments: