Now that Thanksgiving is over and the leaves have dropped, it is time to do some maintenance on fruit trees. These tips do not include CITRUS trees! If you have citrus trees and have questions ask below in the ‘Comment’ section and I will answer.
Winter pruning is done to maintain structure while summer pruning is to maintain size. Now is the time to do heavy pruning. Make sure to have clean, sharp pruners and saws ready!
Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pluots, Apricots and Cherries
You will want to dormant spray these trees up to 3 times during the dormant season. Dormant spray is composed of an insecticidal oil and a fungicide. This prevents overwintering insects and Peach Leaf Curl and Shothole which are diseases not seen until springtime when it’s too late to spray. So PREVENT NOW!! I typically recommend spraying around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines Day. The exact timing isn’t imperative just that you start after the leaves fall off the trees and space out the sprayings about 4 weeks apart. The last spraying needs to be before flower buds pop open in the spring.
Be careful not to spray sulfur on Apricots, it will burn them.
Apples and Pears
These trees only NEED to be sprayed with dormant oil to prevent any overwintering insects. If you have a dormant spray mixed up already that includes the fungicide, it won’t hurt but is not necessary.
Did I miss a tree that you have questions on? Comment below!
Happy Dormant Season!