When is the best time to prune peach trees in the Northeast?

I am in zone 6a. Can I prune in mid-March?

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Yes, you can.

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I am planning on pruning my peaches during blossom this year. I heard earlier can cause earlier bloom and this way if there is a late freeze you can prune based on what survived.

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I’ll be pruning this week. Yes you can prune anytime, dormant or otherwise. Really it has more to do with your schedule than anything else. There are people that prune during blossom, as they also use pruning to thin. I choose to prune along with the rest of the trees, so Peaches get cut this time of year. I also send out scions, so collecting and pruning go hand in hand.

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That makes sense.

Maureen,
Commercial growers do not have luxury to wait for “better time” as when the spring hits, everything needs to be done at once.

Backyard growers can wait until bloom time or even later to prune as pruning then can work as a part of a thinning process, too.

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I prune fruit trees as soon as weather is good to work outside. I just pruned my persimmon tree today. It is not too early that the pruning cuts can get more winter damage. And not too late that buds start to swell and the wood has little use.

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I prefer to prune before I spray so as not to waste the spray.

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