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Too late to prune Asian pear?

Posted by bob_linus Northern Calif. (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 5, 09 at 19:20

My Asian pear tree has already (March 5) started to bloom.

It's several years old and has always produced very well. It's about 12 feet high and has grown many 2-3 foot long upright shoots at the top. The lowest branches are about deer height. :-)

Is it too late to prune? I'm inclined to do a light pruning, just cutting back the upright shoots.

-- Bob

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RE: Too late to prune Asian pear?


It's never too early or late to prune most things. But I do 95% of my pruning while the trees are growing. There are a few things, like apricots in CA where pruning isn't advised at certain times of the year.

On Asian pears, I usually prune out about 50% of the spurs to make thinning less of a chore.

The Fruitnut

RE: Too late to prune Asian pear?


I am absolutely with the Fruitnut. Prune any time you are out there with your pruner. Summer is better than winter if you want to control your trees. And I concur that thinning Asian pears can be facilitated by removing some fruiting wood, since they routinely overset.

I would take off the upright shoots, right at the base, and whatever else is crowded as well.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

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