[NAFEX] Fireblight worse than usual this year?

Jim Notkey nottke1 at earthlink.net
Mon May 30 21:25:14 EDT 2005


I have not experienced any fireblight this Spring, but my brother-in-law a
few miles west has fireblight on both pear and apple for the first time he
can recall.

Central North Carolina, z7

> [Original Message]
> From: <athagan at atlantic.net>
> To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 5/30/2005 10:00:34 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Fireblight worse than usual this year?
> Is anyone else noticing fireblight worse than usual this year?
> I'm trying to get a grip on whether I simply blew it by over
> fertilizing or if there is more to my problem this year than was
> first apparent.
> I've got seven pear trees - four old mature trees, three I planted
> four years ago - none of which have shown signs of fireblight in the
> four years we've had the place but this year it hit six of the seven
> to one degree or another.  
> I know you're not supposed to fertilize pears heavily because it makes
> them more susceptible and I *thought* I hadn't given them too much,
> but maybe I did.  I've noticed some of the ornamental pears in town
> though have signs of fireblight too though so now I'm wondering if
> maybe our cool, wet Spring isn't responsible with perhaps my
> fertilizing compounding the problem.
> I spent a fair part of Saturday pruning and pruning and pruning and I
> think I've gotten ahead of it all but it'll take another month or so
> to know for sure.  
> Anyone else having more problems than usual with fireblight this
> year?
> .....Alan.
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