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Friday, January 5, 2018

My Fruit Tree Pruning Class Set Jan12 & 13

How to Prune 1 & 2 Year Old Fruit Trees - Demonstrations

Friday and Saturday, January 12 and 13
Peach, Nectarine, Apricot, Cherry, Plum, Pluot, Apple. Pear, Quince, Pomegranate, Fig, Jujube
1500 Fruit Trees
All 1 to 2 years old 3 - 8 ft tall
 Presenter: Bob Morris, Xtremehort

Eventbrite - Fruit Tree Pruning and Management 

Ahern Orchard

Downtown Las Vegas, 1.5 miles from Las Vegas Blvd. Near MLK and Bonanza
9 am to Noon??
Class 1 Friday, January 12
Class 2 Saturday, January 13
Class Size is Limited so Register ASAP
$12 Registration Fee plus tax

The Ahern Orchard is a two year old, 2000 tree orchard with trees planted in 2016, 2017 and this year, 2018. The orchard contains a varitey of one to two year old trees including peach, nectarine, plum, pluot, apricot, apple, pear, quince, jujube, fig, pomegranate, cherry and assorted hybrids. It also has a vineyard of table and wine grapes.Fruit trees range in size from 1 inch to 2.5 inch diameter.
The orchard is 1.5 miles from Las Vegas Boulevard on private property owned by Ahern Rentals, Inc. These pruning classes will cover basic pruning of fruit trees and including both open center and modified central leader pruning techniques. Classes will cover basic pruning techniques important for young fruit trees including establishing tree structure and pruning for production.
 Bob Morris is a Horticultural Consultant, formerly with the University of Nevada, who has been working with small scale production and high value fruit production in the arid West and 15 foreign countries since 1993. Robert spearheaded the University Orchard in North Las Vegas which produces wide range of fruits, vegetables and herbs and pioneered the marketing of locally grown food by small-scale producers in the Las Vegas Valley. He consults internationally in arid parts of the world including North Africa, southern Africa, the Middle East and the -stan countries of Central Asia. He and his wife own a family educational and training farm in rural Padre Garcia, Batangas, the beef marketing capital of the Philippines. He is  a gardening columnist with the Las Vegas Review Journal and several other regional newspapers, active blogger at Xtremehorticulture of the Desert, Consulting Editor for HortScience and a member of the International Society for Horticultural Science.
Visit his blog, Xtremehorticulture of the Desert and his Linkedin Page. Questions about the class can be directed to his email at Xtremehorticulture@gmail.com


  1. I was unable to attend the pruning for young trees. I read that peach trees should not be pruned until the third year. Mine have not been pruned and they are 2 years old from bare-root planting. Is this wrong? They are now just starting to leaf out and blossoms are gone. Should I just prune for odd and broken stems gur now and heavily prune in the winter? I also read not to let them fruit until the 3rd year. How accurate is that?

  2. i would not make any major structural changes (pruning with a saw or loppers) to the tree until winter. You can prune with a hand shears now any time.

    There are more than one technique for pruning peach trees. One technique used commercially is to allow them to grow for the first three years and then selectively prune to establish their structure and encourage production. This is very appealing to some commercial orchardista because there is a lot of savings in labor and production is encouraged slightly sooner than the traditional method.

    I have no problem with this method if the trees selected are smaller. If the trees are larger I would encourage you to establish the structure of the tree, where the major scaffold limbs are located, immediately after planting. If you want to wait for two or three years after this to do your pruning then I don't have a problem with it. But in orchards or home landscapes that want the lowest limbs established closer to the ground I would encourage you to buy your trees small and make your first pruning cuts very early in its life. This is particularly true of peaches and nectarines.