Pruning of stonefruits and other deciduous fruit trees is one of the most misunderstood of all gardening responsibilities.
In almost all cases, fruiting trees are pruned quite differently than ornamental trees. Far too often I see fruit trees pruned wrong, either at the incorrect time of year, two heavily or two lightly, or in a manner that almost guarantees no fruit will be produced.
Stop. Before you prune another branch on your peach, nectarine, plum, apricot, apple, persimmon, pluot, almond or similar tree, take a few minutes to learn how these trees grow and how they actually produce their fruit. A few wrong cuts can nearly eliminate your crop, but an understanding of just a few basic needs of these trees can greatly increase both the quantity and quality of your fruit harvest. Proper pruning will lead to a healthier tree, with solid structure and delicious fruit yields for decades to come.