Two years ago I planted 3 fruit trees: apple, cherry, and peach. I'm a newbie with fruit trees, but I read about pruning, and thought I had things under control. I didn't learn about training until just recently, though.
The apple and the cherry are straight and decently-shaped for the open-center method. But the peach is kind of a disaster.
It's crazy crooked for one thing (it came that way unfortunately). I think I can sort of fix that, at least so it's not leaning to one side.
But the bigger problems are that its 3 "scaffolding" branches are very vertical, with narrow crotch angles; and that they're not spread out around the tree very well at all. They're not quite all in the same plane, but close. (See pics.)
If this were a younger tree, I think I could easily fix this by spreading the branches out, or using weights to angle them out, etc. But in this case, it's been in the ground for 2 years, and was (I'm guessing) 1-2 years old when I received it from Stark Bros. So now the branches are quite firm and thick (1+ inches).
If only I knew then what I know now!
What's my best approach here to "fix" this, other than starting over? I wouldn't mind that so much, except we're already 2 years into the ~3-5 year time-until-fruit phase, and I'd hate to lose that.
Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
posted 1 year ago
Seems to me like those narrow crotches on the lower two branches will be breaking off during heavy fruit load or an ice-storm, so if it were my tree, I'd go ahead and cut them off now to avoid injury later. I might also wait to take them off until after the fruit is harvested this summer.