How to Prune Peach Trees

February 15, 2011

By Jessica Walker

Learn how to prune peach trees by following these simple tips.

Peach Tree

• Don’t prune before February, and do your best not to prune within several days of cold weather.

• Before pruning, prepare the tree by cutting off any dead or damaged limbs, and remove any suckers growing off the roots.

• When you’re ready, prune the shoots – the new, red branches – and remove any branches growing toward the center of the tree, as well as any small or thin shoots and downward hanging or horizontally growing branches.

• After the tree has bloomed, prune some of the buds; ensure that the peaches grow about six inches apart by pinching off buds by hand.

Speaking of peaches, you might also like this story about a Culleoka man who carves peach pits into art.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment:

Your email address will not be published.
* Required fields

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.


  1. Betty Artigas says:

    How can you keep peach, pears, apples short, when can I do that how do I prune them.
    Thank you

  2. staceybeck01 says:

    Thanks for all the help! I thought I would try doing my own tree trimming in Denver Colorado. Trees are like bangs right, they’ll grow back.

  3. Ivon says:

    What cause some of my peach tree branches to have a black sticky substance ? also some of the peach have black spots. What I need to do? I live in Tennessee.

  4. Donald Slape says:

    Need to know in detail how to trim my peach tree and what to spray it with and when

    I have a lot of peaches but they all turn brown and fall off before the get ripe

    Any help will be greatly appreciated

    Thanks for your help

    Donald Slape