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Gardening advice on when to prune peach and apricot trees

Author: Cathy Cromell
Issue: January, 2013, Page 131



Q&A - ASK THE EXPERTS

Q - Is January too soon to prune my peach and apricot trees?

A - January and February are good months to prune deciduous fruit trees in the Phoenix area. Finish pruning by the end of February, before buds show evidence of swelling, suggests MCCE Master Gardener Olin Miller. At mid elevations, prune fruit trees a bit later—in February through early March. At high elevations, prune fruit trees in March, recommends Misti Warner of Warner’s Nursery & Garden Center in Flagstaff, Ariz. “When forsythia shrubs bloom around town, it’s nature’s sign that it’s safe to prune,” she observes. To maximize fruit production, use specialized pruning techniques. For pruning guidelines, refer to Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning by Jeff Schlau at University of Arizona Yavapai County Cooperative Extension: cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/fruittreepruning2010.html.
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