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Prune a Pear Tree?

bobloesbobloes Posts: 134

Hi All

I have had a pear tree which I bought as one of three (the others are apple and plum) miniatures about three years ago and it has finally fruited.  I pruned the apple tree to ensure no crossing branches and to keep the centre open.  Do I/should I do the same for this pear tree?  If the plum tree ever fruits will the same principle apply?  I have included a photo.  Sorry the only way I could do it.

Thanks  Bob

 

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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Hi Bob



    I have no idea what the proper thing to do is, but i do exactly what you have described, keep the middle clear and make a sort of goblet shape, i do this with all but my dessert apples which i grow as cordons, done this for many years, no problems yet image
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,544

    Hello Bob. Couldn't make much of the photos on my ipad, sorry. The thing to remember is not to prune plums in the winter. Only cut them when they are able to make that oozy gum to seal the cuts. Otherwise they might get infected with a fungus called silver leaf. Apples and pears are generally pruned in the winter and not so much in the summer. So you are going to be kept busy both ends of the year.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Open centre and goblet shape is ideal for all 'bush' type trees, Bob.  (Someone told me it should be possible for a pigeon to fly through without touching any branches, but that sounds like an exaggeration to me!)

    First, remove any dead, damaged or diseased branches at their base, then any crossing or growing into the centre.  From what you have left (probably most of it in a youngish tree), shorten the leaders by one to two thirds of the new growth (cut weak shoots harder) and cut side shoots to six (?) leaves.

    Pansyface is quite right about plums (and peaches, cherries etc should you get more adventurous) - prune between May and July when they're growing vigorously.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Well, i never knew that about plums, peaches etc, or if i did ive forgotten! Pruned my peaches in may/june because thats when i got round to moving them.



    Will write your advice down this time! image
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Verdun, what size of tree would you start to prune? Im a bit stuck with my red williams, its still only little, about 4ft, the main structure is fine but the branches are too long, i feel a bit cruel cutting them, and worry im going to mess up the goblet shape image
  • bobloesbobloes Posts: 134

    Great feedback.  Thanks to all.  Apologies for putting this in TalkBack when I was trying to get it in Fruit and Veg.  See attached photo - I hope!!!

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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I wouldnt worry too much about the categoryimage



    Smashing pear tree, defenately needs a trim image
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