[NAFEX] Thinning Pears
travitch at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 29 08:27:56 EST 2004
Last spring I had a large amount of fruit set on a new
Bartlett Pear tree that I purchased at a local
nursery. When the fruit were about a dime or a little
less in diameter I went to thinning the fruit. I had
intended to leave only about 3 pears total. But, when
I thinned each cluster by cutting the stem of the
fruit with a scissor, I found that sap would leak out
of the stems and it also removed the sap from the
fruit that I left. The remaining fruit mummified for
lack of a better term. This fruit looked terrible as
it grew so I just pulled it off before it was a
quarter in diameter. So my question is what did I do
wrong and how exactly should I thin pears. Also are
there other major fruits that this will happen to as
well. I am new at growing fruit and read all I can
but I need additional help.
NE Oklahoma USDA Zone 6B
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