Hello all. I planted this pear tree five years ago and got some nice fruit recently. With all of my trees I try to minimize pruning. This one hasn’t had any yet but will this fall. The fruit is so far up I cannot reach most of it. The limbs are now to plentiful to attempt just spreading them out. I haven’t looked into it because permies is usually my first stop. Having not looked into it my plan is to take the top off by at least half and clear away a great deal of the newer limbs.
Last month I had to do this to my other pear tree because it was inundated by cedar rust. I look forward to your suggestions. Scott
That's a beautiful pear tree Scott. If it's healthy and producing pears, I personally wouldn't worry about pruning it, which could possibly open the tree to disease and pests, and my pear sent out an army of watersprouts when I did a similar prune a few years ago.
Instead you could just get one of these and start raking in the pears! I got one recently and have really enjoyed it.
What variety of pear is it?
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pears are so vigorous with watersprouts from dormant pruning that by the time they're growing well, june/summer pruning will keep it more in control. dormant pruning encourages strong regrowth. pruning after the first flush of growth in the summer discourages strong regrowth.
Hey Greg and Steve, check this mess out! I made my granddaughter a fruit harvesting/butterfly net. She’s only interested in fruit until a bug flys by.
Then I made myself one. Twelve feet of bamboo, old grass rake and a small planter’s pot. It’s a bit unwieldy with fruit in the bucket but I’m happy overall.
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Well, here’s the thing. I have MS so my smell and taste have suffered greatly. It’s not always a bad thing 😂. The pear was juicy and refreshing. That’s why I enjoyed it so much. I’m willing to overlook the fact that the peel was a bit tough. It’s more of a back to earth thing than the best fruit I’ve ever tasted thing. As a fellow Permie you definitely understand. It’s a real source of pride that everything I’ve grown has been done so without chemicals or off-farm additions.
tough skin, too? yeah, that's probably a kieffer. kieffers have some sugar to them, but not a lot of other flavor. they're alright for what they are, though. they never quite lose their crispiness - it's from the asian side of their family tree. ayers should have a 'melting' texture, like the best euro pears. juice from kieffers boiled down makes a pretty awesome syrup though.
You have a lot of pear knowledge Greg. I wish I could get my Ayers to produce but it’s taken a beating from cedar rust the past two years. I really didn’t know you shouldn’t plant them close to cedars. The few that are close all suffer as well. I will be keeping a closer check on things next year.
All your help has been greatly appreciated. Your knowledge is beyond com-pear 🍐😂. I have already pruned away as much rust as I can find. I plan on pruning back the nearby infected cedar as well. If you have any more tips on dealing with this problem please pass along. Scott