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All pears gone off my pear tree

I have a cordon conference pear tree that I bought last year and it flowered for the first time this year. There were small fruits developing but now they've all vanished. There's nothing on the ground so they haven't just fallen off. I assume something ate them but what could do this? And is there a way I can stop this happening yesterday. I'm really disappointed. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,997
    It’s really not a good idea to allow your pear trees to bear fruit for the first four years at least. It’s too much strain on it when it should be establishing a sound root system etc.  

    It’s likely that your tree dropped the fruit let’s because it was not yet mature enough to reproduce … small mammals etc will have made off with the fallen fruitlets as a good resource which is why you’ve not seen them. 

    Even mature fruit trees exhibit the phenomenon called the June Drop each year when they ‘discard’ a proportion of the fruit that set during pollination as it will be more than the tree can carry to ripening. 

    Your very young tree has simply done that a bit early as it’s too young to reproduce yet. 

    When it’s four years old you can allow it to carry a very few fruit … until then I would remove them all  … it can keep a few more the next year etc.  

    My pear is ten years old and last year was the first time I allowed it to carry all the fruit that it didn’t drop in June. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,697
    My pear tree had its first, one and only, pear last year. This year it did not flower very well so no fruit. My two apple trees were thick with blossom, I checked them a couple of days ago and they have already dropped a large proportion of the fruitlets. Quite normal. At least it will save me removing them
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