Delayed Vase

An increasing number of peach trees in Italy are trained to a delayed vase. Trees are handled in a manner similar to the open vase system, except that a weak leader is maintained during the initial years of training. The presence of shoots in the center of the tree forces the scaffolds to develop stronger, wider angles. The leader is progressively weakened and can be removed at the end of the third growing season. In the United States, S. C. Myers developed a similar concept of training known as "topped center." Two to four dominant shoots in the tree center are maintained but continually weakened through summer tipping. The training strategy helps growers avoid a common problem with either vase or V systems, which is the undesirable use of bench cuts to correct for narrow-angled crotches.

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