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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

A picture would be nice. If the trees are young, they may not yet have an extensive enough root system and canopy to support all the fruit so you end up with lots of small fruit rather then larger ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

As well as the issue of small-sized fruit, another consequence of letting a tree over-crop by not thinning is that the tree may start a cycle of only producing a good crop once every two years. ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

What "full size" IS depends on what you do or don't do (and/or what "June-drop" does or not do for you.) More smaller fruit - don't thin. Less larger fruit - do thin. From the tree's point of view ...
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What are these red/orange spots with protruding "spikes" on my pear tree?

I'm afraid its Pear Rust, sometimes called European Pear Rust - its one of the gymnangosporangium rusts, and as such, needs two different plant species to complete its life cycle, in this case, Pear ...
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What would cause branches in the middle of a pear tree to die?

Fire blight is a common disease of many fruit bearing trees. As the name implies branches that are infected have dark "burn" marks on them. This reference describes the disease and symptoms as: ...
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What would cause branches in the middle of a pear tree to die?

I would guess winter freezes killed the branches and that the live parts of your tree will live without the problem progressing, per se. This sort of thing is fairly common with fruit trees, from what ...
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Fertilizing multi-variety fruit trees

It is a good thing to have mixed fruit trees. I hope they are not too close together. The best fertilizer is nature. But nature needs time to do its work. You should store leaves and mulched grass ...
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Training Fruit trees to form low fences

These sound like trees trained as espaliers, though espaliers usually have several horizontal "layers" to get more fruit with a restricted height so that it can all be picked from ground level. For ...
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What are these raised brown sections on the backs of the leaves on my pear tree?

Aha, thanks for the picture, makes all the difference. Here is a link to Pear Rust Gall; please take a look at the information provided and see how it compares. There are other pages addressing the ...
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How to protect apple pears from getting lot of bugs?

There is a good chance you have Codling Moth infestation. There are pesticides that can help but you can also likely fight back without chemicals by removing much of the fruit early in the year so ...
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Fruit thinning - is that really required?

There's not much to add to all the other answers, except to say that thinning also allows sunlight and air to reach more of the fruit, aiding good ripening/sweetening, and considerably lowers the risk ...
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Why is my pear tree blooming in September?

Our old Bartlett pear would occasionally bloom in the fall, here in zone 6b. It is generally caused by weather conditions tricking the mature dormant buds (for next season's growth) into breaking ...
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Why did my new pear tree snap hours after planting?

I hate to go against the content of the comments from our other contributors but this tree is a write-off. It looks like you are in a small suburban garden where you do not have space for trees that ...
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What's causing our pear tree to die off in the summer and thrive in the winter?

The most likely explanation is drought; you don't say quite when you planted it in the garden, but if it was this year, it would have needed frequent applications of plentiful water from May onwards ...
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Pyrus Calleryana 'Chanticleer' aka Ornamental Pear tree, ALL leaves are browning and curling ?disease?pest?autumn

This will be a good news contribution. As far as we know, fireblight is not present in Australia. Fireblight would usually present itself as completely dried out twigs in spring during blossom time ...
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What's the name of this pear cultivar? (green skin with brown coating)

That brown 'coating' is called russeting. The cultivar is hard, because of all the varieties that have russetting. The shape looks a lot like Bosc (known for the shape and russeting).
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Save the Aristocrat Pear tree

It appears the tree is about to lose all its leaves. On the other hand, I don't see any dehydration signs in the trunk and branches (branch and trunk bark would have became gnarled by now if that was ...
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Save the Aristocrat Pear tree

Overwatering is not likely the issue - pear trees are known for their ability to survive in wetter areas than say apples, peaches or cherries. The drought situation is another matter entirely. If the ...
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BLACKENING on edge of pear tree leaves & shoots

I had this same problem with my dwarf pear. I did everything to try to say it, but nothing worked. I found out that pears easily fall victim to a virus and as near as I could find out, there is no ...
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What's wrong with this Manchurian pear

I don't think its being watered deeply enough - 15 minutes every day is only sufficient for the top half inch of soil to feel damp, it won't be penetrating any further than that, especially if your ...
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Plucking fruit off young fruit trees?

Personally, I'd enjoy the blossom and fruit, ie leave them alone. The critical thing to aiding establishment of any tree is to keep the area around the trunk vegetation free. No weeds, no grass, ...
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