Peaches generally flower
before apples. Peaches & nectarines will only flower
and fruit on last years new growth, meaning if your tree
didnt put out much new growth or they have been pruned off they wont flower
much. Ideal time to prune a peach/nectarine is after they bloom. Cut out areas that have dead growth.Open center pruning is the best for peaches. Apples and European pears on the otherhand should be pruned while dormant- preferably in late winter before budswell. Central leader pruning is the best for apples and pears. This is a good time to do a spraying of dormant oil as well. Unlike peaches, apples and pear can produce in the same spurs year after year- which is important not to damage when you harvest your fruit.
Here in Western Maryland.. my peaches are just starting to flower
, but still have a good ways to go before full flowering. Pears are also getting ready to bloom, the flower
buds are swollen, but not open yet. Apples are just starting to break dormancy. Had some flower
bud damage on earlier blooming pears, as the weather was warm, and then a Noreaster dumped snow, and cold! Temps are the biggest factor on when your fruit tree
break dormancy, and bloom!