Q.Last year pear tree produced profusely-this year hardly any-
Think I have a Bradford pear tree (only one that my daughter gave me years ago). Last year it produced profusely, but this year I think there may be 7 pears in all! Is this normal, or am I doing or not doing something right or wrong?
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Have you pruned? If the branches have become too crowded, the tree will fruit poorly. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pear/pear-tree-pruning.htm
What about fertilizer? Too much nitrogen fertilizer will result in lush foliage growth with little to no blooming or fruiting. Adding more phosphorus, such as bone meal, can help offset this. If you have plenty of blossoms but are not getting any fruit, it could be a pollination issue. The high heat in much of the country has been a factor as well.