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Q.Pear trees not flowering or producing fruit

Zone Cedar Rapids, IA | Anonymous added on August 19, 2019 | Answered

Hello – I have two pear trees (1 parker pear and 1 summercrisp) that were planted about 5-6 years ago in Central Iowa. At the time planted they were guessing 4′ tall or so. They have grown and have green leaves, both well over 10′ plus tall range now (parker has grown fuller and taller than the summercrisp). They have never produced flowers in the spring and then of course no fruit in the summer / fall. Is there anything I can do to help change this? They are growing, there are two trees to cross pollinate, but no flowers or fruit ever.
This winter should I trim them back a lot / very drastically to help start over?
Thanks for any help

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Answered on August 20, 2019

No don't prune them drastically. But you may consider transplanting them into a better growing situation.

The fact that they are planted in a lawn area may be part or all of the problem. Competition for water and nutrients with grass is significant. The high nitrogen fertilization that grass requires will stimulate vegetative growth at the expense of flowering and fruiting.

The best growing conditions for fruit trees is a designated planting area free of other plantings, where you can irrigate and fertilize appropriately, specifically for the trees, and mulch the soil surface.


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