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What has happened ... Pear is still hard but cracked ... Had water 2xWeek & covered to stop birds

Submitted: 12:17PM, 16 Feb 2016
Answer: Hello Andrea,

This does sound like a case of Black Spot (or ‘Pear Scab’), which may result in split fruit, occurring more severely in poorer seasons.

The best management of the disease is through preventative action: correct pruning and measures to remove diseased material from the tree and its surrounds (do not compost diseased material), applying Yates Liquid Copper Fungicide according to label directions (ascertain your variety’s sensitivity to the product before application), and feeding with a complete fertiliser such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Plus Fruit Food to help maximise the tree’s natural resilience to pest and disease attack.

We wish you all the very best for future crops.

Kind regards,

Matt
Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

Answered: 07:48PM, 16 Feb 2016

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