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Espalier pear in first year

Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 512

I planted a pear maiden bare rooted last winter, pruned back as instructed but out of the three shoots I need (vertical, left and right), only the vertical and one horizontal is growing.  The other horizontal has a few leaves but no sign of a growing stem.

Is this normal, nothing to worry about and the other horizontal will grow soon (hopefully!)?

Can see the vertical and left hand side shoots growing here:


No growth stem for the right hand side;



  • Andy LeedsAndy Leeds Posts: 512

    Bumping in case anyone has any suggestions?  I still don't have any growth on the right hand side so just have one lateral growing ?.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,394

    Try making a little notch in the bark an inch above that potential lateral and taking a sliver of bark out. There may be U-tube videos online showing how. 

    Im on my phone or I'd try to find one for you. Sorry. 

    “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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