As the tree grows, you may need a ladder to reach higher branches.
The nectarine tree is very vulnerable to peach leaf curl, and, clearly, proper pruning will give your nectarine tree vigor and a make it more resilient. You can also treat your nectarine tree before the first leaves appear, with organic acaricide (mite killer) or a spray containing Bordeaux mixture.
Learn more about the nectarine tree. When to Prune Nectarine Trees Most fruit trees are pruned during the dormant season – or winter. Earlier pruning may encourage excessive vegetative growth and suckering in spring and summer.
As mentioned earlier, long, weak growth should be pinched back.
Limit spring and summer pruning to light thinning, and try to avoid trimming pear trees after midsummer. The trees should never be pruned when it is raining as this can spread the spores. If pruning more than one tree, disinfect secateurs to prevent passing on potential infections. In terms of pruning, both peaches and nectarines can be treated in the same way as.
Prune nectarine trees lightly at the beginning of the summer. Prune away any diagonally crossing limbs that are rubbing against other limbs. All new growth that appears weak should be pruned away. Prune away any dead, damaged or diseased branches, as mentioned above. Stagger the branches. Cut the branches back to different lengths to encourage. Peach and Nectarine remove 50% of last years growth.
Fig, Apple, Pear, Plum and Apricot remove about 20% of last years growth. Cherries only summer prune the first 5 years. Pruning Abandoned or Neglected Fruit Trees [PDF] Fruit Trees: Pruning Overgrown Deciduous Trees. Jun 24, Peach trees, nectarine trees, and Japanese plum trees often grow very quickly, rapidly reaching impressive heights, while neglecting the development of sturdy limbs.
Pruning these trees in the summer can reduce this occurrence, and support the growth of stronger branches.