How to prune a spindly peach?
I just bought a potted peach tree. It was on sale -- a remnant from last season. Of course, I read all about how to prune it *after* I bought it.
The thing is, it's about 4'6" , and has no side branches. It just has a crown of tiny branches on the upper 6" or so.
As I understand it, I need to prune that central leader to about 30", in order to start shaping it into a vase shape.
Is that the right move? I'm afraid such a severe cut will kill it!
Also, when should I plant it? I live in Phoenix, Arizona.
The poor tree is so confused now. It started going dormant. But then it got warm again, and started putting forth new growth.