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Sue
Dropping pears

For the past two seasons my pear tree has produced lots of fruit which drops off before they ripen. I fertalized with dynamic lifter in early November and this year, lessened the watering, but most have fallen. The tree is healthy and growing well, but I noticed a couple of the roots are just above the soil.

Submitted: 09:37PM, 29 Nov 2012
Answer: Hi Sue,

You don’t mention the species of your pear. The Williams pear is self fertile but most other pears will need a pollinator to set a good crop of fruit.

It could be that your pear is producing an over-abundance of fruit and is therefore unable to hold onto all of its fruit. You may find that you will need to thin the large clusters of pears to one or two fruit at this stage in order for them to reach maturity. Normally pears are expected to fruit 3-6 years from planting.

Your tree is obviously healthy as it is growing strongly. The roots above the ground level could indicate that it is searching for water. During the hot summer months, give your tree deep waterings on a regular basis to ensure it receives adequate moisture. Fertilise again with the Dynamic Lifter in autumn. Hopefully your tree will produce for you next season.

Answered: 02:50PM, 05 Dec 2012

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