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Bought a pear tree and planted it about a month ago to find infection of the leaves which the garden centre advised me to return as the whole batch was infected and was "manufacturer' problem. They were kind enough to issue a refund. But it bought new set of questions. Please find attached photo of the pear tree that was returned.

1. Can I plant a pear tree at the same time this season?

2. Is it the right time to plant a pear tree since it is almost May now?

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Thanks

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    If it is container grown then it will be fine to plant it in May.

  • drandran Posts: 11

    Thanks Ceres. Plan to buy this in a garden centre and hence it is grown in a container. It's hs got a stem and few small branches and almost similar to the one in the picture.

    The infection or infestation that can be seen in the picture could have gone to the soil and could potentially infect the new pear tree that is to planted?

    Thanks

  • It looks like pear blister mite to me so won't infect the soil, make sure there are no leaves or debris left in the soil or on the ground.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,113

    YES, I WOULD AGREE. HERE IS A BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT.

    http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/eriophyes-pyri

    AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS A COMMON AND WIDESPREAD LITTLE MITE.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • drandran Posts: 11

    Many thanks Chrissy the gardener for the helpful suggestion and will make sure that there are no leaves or debris before planting another one.

    Thanks pansyface and realised that it is a common problem in Britain from the link that you sent and can affect roses as well.

    Interestingly an apple tree that was planted next to it also picked up this mite it looks which was not there two weeks ago when I returned the pear tree. That means another walk to the garden centre. Not sure if the mite infection has come from the garden centre or from the manufacturing centre or from our garden. Bit weary now to get another pear tree from the garden centre.

    It has ruined the thought of getting pears and apples from the garden.

    Many thanks once again for the suggestions/advice.

  • drandran Posts: 11

    Is there a way of treating the infection or infestation in the apple tree. I am sure the garden centre will be happy to take the apple tree back as well but spent some time in taking care of it so far and shame to lose it if it could be saved.

    Thanks once again.

  • Sorry dran I don't know if there is anything you can do but I'm sure someone will post information soon.

  • drandran Posts: 11

    That's alright Chrissy the gardener. Thanks.

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