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Post  Kay Burton 3/24/2020, 7:00 am

Pear pruning should be carried out annually, since the tree has a tendency to thicken the crown. Also, the pear is a fairly tall plant, and pruning will help reduce the laying height of the fruit buds, greatly simplifying the harvest. On pears, several types of pruning are carried out: sanitary, shaping, thinning and rejuvenating (on old trees). Due to the growth characteristics of the pear, a large increase is formed on the lateral branches during the growing season. The branches of this growth have a vertical direction, and fruit branches do not form on them for a very long time. There are three ways to fix this: summer pinching (tweezing), deflection of the shoots, and shortened pruning.
Do you have any advice about this subject?
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Post  countrynaturals 3/24/2020, 10:47 am

The deer pruned our baby pear tree last year. They started at the bottom and stripped the bark. We were afraid they killed it, but it's trying to come back. I'll check it out later today if it isn't raining.

The deer also harvest the first and only fruit we got from this tree. How to prune a pear to increase yield? 671790 

I would love to know more about pruning to keep it from getting any taller. It's already over 6' high. 

thankyou Thanks for posting this, Kay. I wouldn't have given this tree a thought until fall.
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Post  countrynaturals 3/24/2020, 4:55 pm

countrynaturals wrote:The deer pruned our baby pear tree last year. They started at the bottom and stripped the bark. We were afraid they killed it, but it's trying to come back. I'll check it out later today if it isn't raining.

The deer also harvest the first and only fruit we got from this tree. How to prune a pear to increase yield? 671790 

I would love to know more about pruning to keep it from getting any taller. It's already over 6' high. 

thankyou Thanks for posting this, Kay. I wouldn't have given this tree a thought until fall.
Bad news on the pear tree. No sign of growth at the top, but lots of new growth at the base. You can also see the damage from the deer from last year.Sad
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Post  OhioGardener 3/24/2020, 5:06 pm

The growth from the ground is no good - that is from the rootstock that the tree was grafted to, and is not the same variety as the tree you bought/planted.  A lot of pear trees are grafted to Quince rootstock, in fact.

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Post  countrynaturals 3/24/2020, 5:43 pm

OhioGardener wrote:The growth from the ground is no good - that is from the rootstock that the tree was grafted to, and is not the same variety as the tree you bought/planted.  A lot of pear trees are grafted to Quince rootstock, in fact.
Any chance those leaves will nourish the rest of the tree, or does this only happen if the rest of the tree is really dead?
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Post  OhioGardener 3/24/2020, 5:53 pm

countrynaturals wrote:Any chance those leaves will nourish the rest of the tree, or does this only happen if the rest of the tree is really dead?

No, shoots that come up from the roots do not feed the grafted stock at all. In fact, they rob nutrients from the rootstock.

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Post  countrynaturals 3/24/2020, 6:44 pm

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countrynaturals wrote:Any chance those leaves will nourish the rest of the tree, or does this only happen if the rest of the tree is really dead?

No, shoots that come up from the roots do not feed the grafted stock at all. In fact, they rob nutrients from the rootstock.
Ah, well. I guess it will just be an ornamental shrub. Sad
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Post  Yardslave 3/25/2020, 1:38 pm

Pears are really susceptible to fire blight, which has killed off a majority of trees in my area. In my case it was spread by deer munching away on first the fruit, and when the fruit was gone they chewed the branches. The bacteria and spores are in their saliva. Male deer also claimed their territory out by scraping the trunks- they ringed a prune tree and an apple tree so bad they died. The apricots are going into a death spiral, as the areas chewed introduced bacteria and spores that are slowly killing off the trees. An arborist told me to try to cut back the branches, but cautioned me that if I didn't keep my pruners sterile after each cut, I stood a good chance of spreading the diseases. He also warned me to only fall prune to avoid the rain , as most problems are caused by moist conditions. He also told me to rip out the most affected ones and burn them, and said that if the other trees were responding to careful pruning and to give them lots of TLC, they might be able to come back. Looking at your photo reminded me what happened to my trees, as the diseases progressed the root grafted portions were more resistant to the disease and therefore flushed at the base with shoots. My advice is to rip that one out and start over. I had to erect deer proof fencing to keep the deer out and it works great. here's a link:

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Post  countrynaturals 3/25/2020, 1:43 pm

thankyou Yardslave.
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Post  sanderson 3/26/2020, 3:35 pm

I looks like the deer almost girded the tree!

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