I have 2 peach trees that are extremely poorly shaped and I am wondering if they are destined to evenually be a problem or if there is anything I can do at this point.
The first one is a Snow Queen nectarine. It was planted back before I knew anything at all about fruit trees (yes, I once knew less than I know now!). It only had a single limb on it and I just planted it that way and hoped for the best. Of course I should have cut it off at 30 inches and it probably would have produced some nice new scaffolds. Instead, it has only developed on that one limb, so it has this tall trunk and then makes an almost 90 degree turn outward. So as you can tell by the photo, it wants to lean. The little post is temporary- I'll put a better one in. But I'm wondering if it will always need a post or will even spread back toward the trunk. I've tried to encourage that by never pruning limbs growing toward trunk and always pruning things out on the end. Its a 4 year old tree and I feel sure that if I topped it now it would just die....there is no sign of any kind of nodes or buds on the trunk that could ever produce now growth.
The second photo is much harder to decipher, but is really almost exactly the same situation. Its hard to tell because I've left a big, dead portion of the trunk above where the tree takes the 90% turn. Its the part with the tag on it. disregard it because its dead from the scaffold on up. This tree is more hopefull because it already has some limbs closer to the trunk which might eventually be spread- with some help- to grow across the trunk and balance it out, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, point is that I have 2 lop-sided trees and wondered if anyone has any suggestions to repair them. THanks.