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Peach - the culture whimsical and requires greater attention. One of the main conditions for the successful cultivation of the peach orchard is the proper formation of trees.

But any manipulation with the pruner must be performed correctly, timely and be reasonable. All the secrets of "green surgery" - in this material.

Is it possible and why cut the peach tree?

Any garden culture is prunedto increase the period of fruiting and yield. A peach is also cut in order to increase its resistance to adverse climatic conditions.

From the method of forming the crown of the tree directly depends on the hardiness of the plant. For example, a peach formed by a “spindlebush” (“spindle”) would be wonderful to winter in the south — in Cherkessk or Makhachkala, but already in the Krasnodar Territory, Rostov-on-Don may freeze. Here it is better to grow it in a bowl.

In central Russia, the branches of the peach need to lower even lower and form a bush. And in more severe conditions, it should be laid horizontally at all - in a stanace.

In addition to the formative peach, it is prescribed a regulatory, restorative, rejuvenating and sanitary pruning.

In addition to the formative, peach make regulatory, restorative, rejuvenating and sanitary pruning

Choosing the right time: spring, summer or autumn?

Peach trimming starts from the 2nd year of life. By this time, the plant is already "open" - it has several side shoots. Future skeletal branches are selected from them.

There is no sense to start pruning before. Of course, pinching the top will stimulate the growth of the lateral branches.

However, if you grab too much, the shoots will go at an acute angle to the conductor. To fix such a tree will take extra time.

Peach refers to crops that are pruned need in spring and summer and autumn.

The best time for spring pruning of the peach is “on a pink bud”, for summer - the end of June, for autumn - after harvesting.
SpringFormation of crown seedling. Restorative pruning with the removal of frozen shoots. Anti-aging pruning of old trees.
SummerRemoval of dead shoots, unnoticed in spring. Shortening of weak fertile branches. Thinning "tops" and remove thickening shoots. Sanitary pruning of shoots affected by diseases and pests. Shortening the gains of the current year for their better maturation.
AutumnSanitary pruning of sick shoots. Removal of branches broken off by the harvest.

Experienced peachwatchers recommend calculating the remaining branches after autumn pruning. There should be no more than eighty.

The scheme of summer, spring and autumn pruning

In any season it is important to choose the right time for pruning.. Wet weather, rain, dew contribute to the penetration of infection into cuts and cuts. Therefore, the operation should be planned on a dry clear day.

Minimum set of tools and materials for trimming include:

  • pruner;
  • delimber;
  • garden knife;
  • garden file;
  • copper sulphate;
  • garden putty.

Before the operation, the entire instrument must be sanitized with any fungicide or simply boiling water, and then wiped dry.

Before pruning, tools must be sanitized with any fungicide, just boiling water, wiped dry

The scheme of spring pruning peach:

  1. When forming a "bowl" in a two-year-old seedling, a thistle height of about 50 cm is measured.
  2. Three skeletal branches located at a large angle to the conductor and directed in different directions are determined. They are shortened by 2 buds so that the upper one looks outwards.
  3. The conductor is cut over the upper side branch. Extra shoots are removed on the ring.
  4. Older trees inspect overwintered shoots. Broken and dead frozen.
  5. To rejuvenate peach, remove all branches with wood older than 4 years.

Spring peach pruning:

Scheme of summer pruning peach:

  1. Inspect the tree for the remaining dead shoots. If these are found, remove them.
  2. Inspect the year-old gains. Crowns growing vertically upwards or deeper are removed.
  3. The remaining gains pinch.
  4. Examine the fruitful branches. If some weak and thin tied a big crop, you need to shorten them, and thin the ovaries.
  5. Patients shoots are removed.

A new method of pruning peach in the summer, so that the fruits become larger:

Scheme of autumn pruning peach:

  1. Remove dry, diseased and broken branches.
  2. Too long and thin shoots that did not have time to mature, shorten by half.
  3. If radical growth appeared, it is cut out.
In regions with severe winters, autumn pruning should be limited only to sanitary. Multiple loose wounds reduce peach winter hardiness.

If a peach sapling was planted in the fall and poorly survived the winterIn the spring, it can repel lateral shoots from the lower dormant buds on the trunk.

In this case, it is possible to perform the shaping with a bush, by cutting off the frozen central conductor at a height of 4-5 cm above the upper living bud.

How to care after the procedure?

After pruning the peach must be carefully looked after. All wounds need to be treated.. Many peach pickers prefer to use not traditional garden var, but oil paint as a putty.

Slices smeared with brew sometimes rot due to moisture. Oil paint seals no worse, and does not cause rotting. Also good tool - RunNet paste.

For better drying, healing and disinfection before putty it is possible to treat the wound with a 3% solution of copper sulphate. It is applied with a clean sponge and left for 1-1.5 hours. After that use garden putty.

How to shape the crown and care for peach:

Cultivation and care

In addition to regular pruning, peach needs watering, fertilizing and treatments for pests and diseases.

SpringTop dressing0.5 liter fermented infusion of mullein per 10-liter bucket of water. A week later - a liter jar of wood ash.
SprayingIf last season the peach was heavily attacked by pests, the tree is sprayed with Calypso. Processing is carried out twice: in dormant buds and after flowering. During flowering, insecticide can damage pollinators.
WateringWith a small amount of melt water - 10 days before flowering.
SummerTop dressingFoliar application with the solution of complex fertilizer “Health-Aqua for fruit trees”.
SprayingAs required - treatment with insecticides and fungicides. In late August - Plantafol potassium foliar dressing to speed up the ripening of wood.
WateringIf there is a shortage of natural precipitation, as the soil dries up, it is shed to a depth of 60 cm. Watering is stopped 2 weeks before picking up the fruit.
Crop RationingDuring the beginning of the ripening of the fruit, the ovaries are examined and the ability of the tree to “carry and feed” is evaluated. If there are too many ovaries, thinning should be done.
AutumnTop dressingOnly phosphate-potassium fertilizers. Nitrogen is excluded.
WateringRequired moisture irrigation. Leaving the peach for the winter in dry soil is unacceptable - the root system is frozen out.
Preparing for the winterTo whiten the shtamb with lime paste “Gardener”.
With severe winters with little snow - the creation of additional dry shelters: reed or corn huts, caps from agrospan.

Mandatory peach care activities also include permanent care of the wheel circle: weeding, loosening, mulching with a thick layer of organic matter: chopped bark, spent sawdust, mowed grass, mature compost.

Hay as a mulch is better not to use - rodents like to live in it.

Mulching avoids the need for frequent watering, even in dry summer, preventing evaporation of moisture and the formation of a soil crust. Organic mulch in the decomposition will provide the plant with nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

Mandatory peach care activities also include ongoing care of the tree circle: weeding, loosening, mulching

Summer vaccination, budding: how to graft a peach on a plum, apricot, etc.

Another important "green operation" may be a peach inoculation. The need for it appears in cases where:

  • It was a harsh winter, the wood died out, but the root is alive;
  • the tree was badly broken by winds, snow or a bountiful harvest;
  • the variety is self-infertile, pollinator is needed, but there is no place for its planting;
  • there is a suitable seedling on the stock and a desire to propagate the beloved variety.

Suitable as peach rootstock bitter almonds, wild apricot, Manchurian peach, wild cherry plum. If there is nothing of this on the plot, you can plant a peach on the plum - these cultures have good compatibility.

Peaches are planted either in early spring, before budding, or in early summer. If the graft will be grafted “in a cleft” or by copulating, it is better to do it in spring. For beginners "garden surgeons" it is better to practice on the summer eye vaccinations.

Budding is done in the crown of the stock or on the stem of a young seedling according to this scheme:

  1. An actively growing green shoot is cut from a suitable plant. All leaves are removed from it, but the stalks are left.
  2. A good kidney is selected from the middle part of the shoot and a “shield” is cut off - a section of the cortex with cambium and the kidney itself. Flap length - about 2.5-3 cm.
  3. On the T-rootstock, the bark is incised and bent slightly to the sides. Cambias do not need to touch.
  4. The flap is inserted into the incision, covered with bark so that the kidney remains outside.
  5. Winding is performed from the bottom upwards in a spiral, bypassing the kidney.

You can wind the vaccination site with the opposite (non-adhesive) side of a normal tape or scotch tape.

Bitter almonds, wild apricot, Manchurian peach, wild cherry plum, plum are suitable as a peach rootstock.

In 7-10 days as the stem is judged on whether the eye is taking root. If the scape is yellowed and falls off with a finger, the kidney has taken root. If it turns black and rot, the vaccine failed.

In case of success, after 1-2 months you can remove the winding. If the grafting was done in a stem, it will be right to spud the tree for the winter. So it will be possible to protect the kidney from freezing or damage by rodents.

In the spring, the land is otgrebatsya, and the vaccination site is treated with 3% Bordeaux liquid.

Peach budding:

To make the peach feel good and fruitful, caring for him should be comprehensive and regular. This culture does not forgive laziness and neglect, but rewards efforts with wonderful fragrant fruits.

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