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Pear tree

Post: #266992 sda
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:52 am

I have bought a pear tree recently. It is potted (still) and has several branches and is about five feet high, and all the leaves have dropped.
I have noticed that a couple of the thinner branches have lenghts of darkened wood alternating with the normal colour - what could that mean?

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #267002 Mustardseedmama
Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:56 am

I don't know if this happens over there, but we have these lovely little bugs called Cicadas over here that do that kind of damage. Mostly on young-ish fruit trees in fact.

They appear in cycles, some kinds every 7 years, and some have a longer interval. They come up out of the ground, slice into the branches of your young fruit trees, lay their eggs under the bark, and leave. The black damage (and sometimes the death of the entire tree) is due to the loss of sap from the sliced open places.

If that's what you have you're supposed to prune off the affected branches at least 4 inches below the black part, dress with pruning tar, and burn the prunings, within 6 weeks of the time the Cicadas appeared.
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Re: Pear tree

Post: #267006 MKG
Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:43 am

Pears are pretty tough things in the UK - they don't suffer from too much (and we don't have cicadas, MMM, which is sometimes a pity on long, warm summer evenings. They'd probably drive us mad, though).

Fireblight may be a possibility - DEFRA have some advice on the net - but it doesn't sound like that.

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #267009 GeorgeSalt
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:07 pm

How long has it been in the pot? Is it posible that it's pot-bound and has been either over- or under-watered for some time?
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Re: Pear tree

Post: #267010 oldjerry
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:28 pm

Even if it's 5 ft high including the pot,thats a big big tree for a pot,I would want it in at least a 25 ltre pot.I'm with George,odds on it's pot bound,and had a bit of a struggle.Plant as soon as,big hole tons of compost ,water well before,and very well after,,,small stake etc etc.Don't cut back the dead wood for a month of so.Bit of luck by this time next year it should look vastly better............still rather plant trees 'open ground' though.....Best Wishes.

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #267017 sda
Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:46 pm

As I bought it at a reduced price, I suspect it's been in the pot for quite some time! I plan to put it in the ground this week-end but I did want some idea of what might be wrong in case the disturbance might have had an adverse effect.

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #267018 Thomzo
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:14 pm

If it's been in a garden centre for a while it's possible that it's physical damage. People brushing past it, tickets being hung on it, that sort of thing. Hopefully, a bit of TLC will see it right.

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #276053 daffodiltulip
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:35 pm

I planted a pear tree last year and I'd like to know if I can deepen the ground around it or would the soil/compost around the lower part of the trunk damage it? Could I or should I not do the same with a newish apple tree?

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #276060 Jandra
Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:23 am

Hi tulip,

Usually not a good idea since you are likely to cover the point where the fruiting part of the tree is connected to the root stock (sorry, English word escapes me right now).

You can give the tree compost, but keep a circle around the stem free of it.

Good luck.

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Re: Pear tree

Post: #276072 Crastney
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:23 pm

graft - keep the soil level below the graft mark
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