Pruning a Pear Tree

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August 26, 2018

I came home from work yesterday to find that my dad had pruned our pear tree! He cut off all the limbs even though it was totally healthy and still bearing lots of fruit. Will the tree survive or will we need to buy and replant a new pear tree in March?


August 26, 20180 found this helpful

Trees should be pruned after they fruit. Your tree may not produce for a few seasons because of this, but it will recover.

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August 26, 20181 found this helpful

Oh my, your pear tree certainly does look like it is done for BUT I think you will find in the spring it will start showing signs of life with little green buds, it might take several years to get back to its former self.

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August 27, 20181 found this helpful

Poor tree did get quite the haircut...while you won't know until next spring don't fret yet...most people do not prune in the summer (typically winter is the best time and only done to prune off dead stock), but there is a contingent out there that believe summer pruning increases fruit bearing next read this and maybe it will ease your mind some:


Wishing you and the tree well!

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August 30, 20181 found this helpful

Your tree does look sad but it may recover as it appears you still have some green and you may even see a few green sprouts before the season is over.

I would just watch it to be sure no disease gathers near the cuts and look for green next year. Fruiting may take another year but trees are very resilient and this may actually make your tree stronger than it was before.

Think positive thoughts and give your Dad a hug as I feel sure he thought he was doing you a favor by pruning your pear tree.

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September 3, 20180 found this helpful

It is still time to graft/save your tree. You can ask neighbors, friends to give you little branches from a pear tree to graft your tree. Grafting can not kill your tree, and you can try a graft on each branch that has been cut or even two or three grafts on the same branch. The technics of grafting are not very complicated but you need the good instruments to do it and to protect the graft very well with products like Norwegian tar or an equivalent.


Some people now do grafting with an electric drill, you can try this technic too. Check also that the cuttings of the branches that have been made are vertical so that the rain water will not stand and rot the wood or carry bacteria inside it. There are plenty of grafting videos to watch on Youtube. Take the chance ! Nothing to lose now ! Good luck !

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February 9, 2014

We have moved into a house that has two large pear trees that yield lots of fruit, but have not been pruned in many years. What is the proper way to do this?

By Samantha

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September 23, 2010

We just bought a home that had to be refurbished, inside and outside. We have two big old pear trees. The pears are small and discolored. At the top they're bigger, but too high to get. Can the trees be topped out?


Hardiness Zone: 7b

By Joyce from Acworth, GA

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September 23, 2010

Can I prune a pear tree now?

Hardiness Zone: 4b

By Karen from Edmonton, Alberta


Pruning a Pear Tree

Prune away any broken or diseased branches any time of the year. It's important to get these off and away from your tree so that they don't sap nutrients from the tree.

Wait until just before spring to do any major pruning. Make sure you have the right pruning shears for the job. You should have a couple different sizes of shears at your disposal. Do not prune if the tree has any new growth on it wait till after the fruit is made and gone. Good luck. (03/18/2010)


By kathleen williams

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