How to Prune Peach Trees

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| Originally Published: February 15, 2011

how to prune peach trees

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

  • 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. You can also browse our collection of peach recipes.


  1. Betty Artigas

    July 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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

    • Karen Velasquez

      October 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I would like to know how to prune our peach tree, its 3 years old. Thank you for your time, Karen Velasquez

  2. staceybeck01

    January 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

    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

    March 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    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.

    • Jessy Yancey

      March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Ivon,

      Thanks for your comment. For something technical like this, I’d recommend contacting your local University of Tennessee extension agent – they’re the experts! You can find one near you here: Hope they can help!

      Jessy Yancey
      Tennessee Home & Farm

  4. Donald Slape

    February 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    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

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