I have a pear tree that by the time the pears start to ripen they fall off the tree. Why would this be?
Hardiness Zone: 5b
By Jim from Southern Ontario Canada
Pears are supposed to be picked green and ripened off the tree, unlike most other fruit. if you are waiting for them to ripen on the tree, you've waited too long to pick them. The tree may need fertilizer & water,contact your county's extension office to talk to a master gardener about any landscaping or home gardening questions. it's a free service. Good luck.
Our pear tree was so abundant every year but then we would find a pear here and a pear there with one bite out of it. Then one day we found the entire tree bare. never saw the culprit (even thought it might be a neighbor - but they would have had to have a ladder to reach the top - which was also bare). Finally figured it must be the squirrels -- never did get any for us because of them. Advice was to spray with an anti-deer repellent.
As soon as they are full-sized and taste sweet, pick them. You can ripen them in the house, or for canning use them while still firm. Pears just don't soften on the tree. Hope this helps.
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