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Pear tree survival?

Last year, against my better judgement perhaps, I allowed my daughters to lodge a couple of horses for a few weeks in my 'orchard' which is two thirds grass and the rest fruit trees. The smaller younger trees I protected; the big old apple trees could look after themselves, but a couple of medium (up to 18' or so) pear trees were attacked and their bark almost totally stripped. I resigned myself to losing both and later that year cut both down at ground level. This year, clumps of 'suckers' have grown from each stump, showing they are not totally dead after all. Is there anything to be gained from encouraging regrowth with some pruning this winter, or do I ignore these growths and just cut it down?

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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 6,989

    Hi!  image #

    My guess is that the suckers will be from the rootstock, ie wild pear, not the grafted bit.  Think you'd be better getting rid...

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • paull2paull2 Posts: 93

    See what you mean L. I believe the rootstock for these was Quince A. Does that mean some form of quince bush would grow? Probably would never fruit, of course, I dunno. Yes, in a way, maybe life's too short to pursue these things and I will try to get rid.

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