When can trees safely go dormant?

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As always, thanks for reading my post!

My question this time: How soon after sowing from seed can I allow fruit trees to go dormant? I know that every tree has different requirements, but, what about a ball-park number of months? For ease sake, let's go with stone fruit such as Plums and Peaches?

I have a few Plum seedlings which should be about 3 months old by the time our first frost comes.
In the wild, I would assume they only have a few months of summer anyway, right?

Any suggestions?
 
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Lets just surmise that some peach or plum pits fell off of the tree and sprouted here in Texas where the ground doesn't freeze. When did they fall off? When did they sprout? In all reality you do not determine if and when a peach or plum goes dormant, it does. And it will.
http://www.ent.uga.edu/peach/peachhbk/pdf/physiology.pdf
 
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Lets just surmise that some peach or plum pits fell off of the tree and sprouted here in Texas where the ground doesn't freeze. When did they fall off? When did they sprout? In all reality you do not determine if and when a peach or plum goes dormant, it does. And it will.
http://www.ent.uga.edu/peach/peachhbk/pdf/physiology.pdf

Great answer and awesome help as always Chuck! Thanks a bunch! :D
 

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