Espaliered pear tree - when to let it produce fruit?

DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,688

We have a Concorde pear tree, planted as a maiden whip and it now has three tiers which is as high as we want it to go.  

Last year it had blossom for the first time but I picked off the small resulting fruits.

This year the first and second tiers have blossom.  Dare I let it produce one or two pears, or would it be wiser to remove the fruitlets again this year?

If the latter, when shall I let it produce it's first fruit?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,688

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    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,688

    Yes, a four year old tree - thanks Verdun - we'll see what is left after the June drop image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,688

    That's what we think too Verdun image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Saw Monty's espaliered pear on GW - thought I might give it a go..... Are there any recommendations from where to  buy a maiden (is that the correct term?) tree?  My 'usual' online plant suppliers don't seem to have them.

    Would it be best to buy as a bare root and plant asap?

  • Many thanks, will take a look.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,688

    Update - our espaliered pear produced four pears this year - it's first year of fruiting.  One fruit on each of the four branches of the bottom two tiers.

    Andy - I bought mine as a 'maiden' from here https://www.readsnursery.co.uk/ and have been very pleased with it.  I've bought all my fruit bushes/trees from them.  Just email them and tell them that you want to grow an espalier of whichever variety and they'll send you a suitable tree. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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