Pear Trees

Proper Care of Mature Pear Tree

happyhenline added on June 12, 2011 | Answered

We bought a house that has a mature (10-15 ft tall) Pear tree. I have no idea what care it has had in the past. It did produce lots of Pears last summer and is slightly shaded by a HUGE pecan tree. Also has visiting squirrels who usually beat us to the Pears. We would love to get the most out of our Pear Tree.

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Answered on June 17, 2011

If it is mature and healthy, there is not much you need to do for it but a little clean up pruning now and then, a yearly application of balanced fertilizer and watering it in times of drought.

Clean up pruning will consist of removing dead or sickly branches and thinning out branches that are crossing one another.

For bigger fruits, you may want to consider thinning the fruit in the spring, but if it is producing what you would consider adequate size fruit, you do not have to do this.

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