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By Denbo

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Gb

I purchased 2 apple and1 pear tree about 2 years ago.
The pear tree as yet to flower or blossom.
Does it need another pear tree to help?



I'm in more or less the same boat as you, 2 apple and 1 pear tree, all about five years old. Have had blossom and fruit on the apple trees, and until this year nothing on the pear. This spring the pear tree blossomed, but no fruit. I have bought another pear in the hopes that next year I will be successful. Fingers crossed..........and good luck to you :-)

3 Aug, 2009


Are they self fertile pear varieties?
Apples usually require a pollination partner from the same pollination group. But if you have two, and they flowers at the same time as each other or your neighbours have one then thats why your getting apples.

You may need another pear if its not a self-fertile one. What is the pears name?

3 Aug, 2009


Pears require another variety that flowers at the same time to cross pollinate. They are also notoriously slow to start bearing fruit - ten years is not uncommon, hence the saying "plant pears for your heirs"

3 Aug, 2009


We have pears Doyen Du Comice, Conference and and Concorde on dwarf rooted stock. They are planted close up in a flower bed and are loaded this year. I am not that clever. The apple trees are sulking this and were loaded last year. The 3 big ballerina types on the end of the row are going to get a severe winter prune this time round. We have a cooker apple called Charlotte and she is very lazy and may get the chop. You can't win with fruit. This might help with choice of pears to go together.

4 Aug, 2009


Remember not to prune them to hard in winter as you dont want to remove the fruiting spurs they have grown and built up so far!!!!!!!

4 Aug, 2009


Dmj - your apple trees may have got into the on-year, off-year pattern, which can be difficult to break, if they carried a very heavy crop last year

4 Aug, 2009


Yes Andrew they have been doing this for some years now. They are in a curved, wide herbaceous border. The webby caterpillars had a go at them 2 years on the run. They look too large and will get a good prune in the winter. I was still feeding the blackbirds with fruit off one of them in the spring. Because of where they are planted they are taking the goodness out of the soil and too much shade

14 Aug, 2009


I have a pear tree that I planted about 2 1/2 years ago. It started bearing fruit without another fruit tree (about 20 pears) the first year. This season I see about 4 dozen beautiful blushing pears. It depends on type of pear tree wether it needs cross pollination I guess.

26 Sep, 2009

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