Pear tree advice
- jrvedivici Feb 28, 2014 06:33 AM
I planted two pear tree's two summers ago. Last summer one actually produced 4 large delicious pears! I believe I was suppose to prune them down in the fall, which I did not do. So my question is what should I do this spring? Do I leave them be.......do I prune early spring? Prune now? What do I do to increase my chances of a more bountiful harvest?
I have some apple trees we planted, they took 4 years before they produced, in the Adk. Mts of NY. I would suggest you Google "pear tree pruning", I just did and there is a lot of info out there , that is beyond my typing ability here.
If they haven't leafed out, it's probably not too late. I use "The Backyard Orchardist" but often start with gardenweb.com, or other online resources.
"Pruning After The First Season"
"Pruning Out of Control Pear Tree"
Give it time. Some years are better than others. I agree that googling pruning is a good idea, but you could also see if there might be a fruit tree pruning workshop in your area. It's best to learn from the experts.
Congrats. What kind of pear?
Leave the trees alone!
Pears are slow to bear fruit. You got lucky.
They bear fruit on "fruit spurs" which take a while to develop.
Pears grow relatively slowly. You should only prune to create good form.
Learn what this means. Learn how to prune. And remember
although there are general principles, each fruit tree type is different and the variation also depends on the understock.
Once you learn a bit about pruning , you will learn that the best time to prune is in the middle of winter.
In the meantime neither you nor the trees are ready. You will do mostly damage at this stage.
Get a book from the library or consult the internet. Many states have agriculture departments that publish good material
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