Pruning Nectarine Trees
Similar to peaches, nectarine trees have their own requirements for resources and maintenance. The best time to prune a nectarine tree is in the spring during the first year when it starts to grow. You should set up a main stem as the backbone of the tree. Too many main stems will compete with each other for nutrition and water. You should do the pruning work before the appearance of its first leaf. You can easily pick up your desired main stem and remove the others.
The first pruning work should be done during the start of the growth. Doing the pruning work without foliage will enable you to easily find out where should apply the cuts. If you want your nectarine trees to grow taller, you can do some pruning work on the top of the tree to facilitate the growth of the tree tips. Also, the sunlight can easily reach the end of the tree if the pruning work is done well.
Regarding the physical pruning work, you should firstly to remove some complex crossing branches which will affect the growth of others. Also, some dead and weak trigs should be removed as well to conserve nutrition. You can also cut some branches back into a percentage of its original length to facilitate the growth of new ones. If any new branches are starting to grow from the center of the main stem, remove them to keep the main trunk open.
In a word, to get a bunch of delicious nectarine fruits, some pruning work is necessary. Early pruning is very essential before the emergence of any foliage. During the annual pruning work, the growth from the previous year should be removed to encourage the new ones for the next year.
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