[NAFEX] Spraying pears

Kevin Moore aleguy33 at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 5 15:14:06 EDT 2009


Bill, if you want a truly safe fungicide for your pears, try a 10% solution of skim milk. That usually does the trick for me, and I live in a much more humid zone. (south Louisiana.)




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From: William C. Garthright <billg at inebraska.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Spraying pears


> Bill,  Some pears get leaf spot, some don't.  I wouldn't worry about it. They sometimes get some codling moth, but not enough to worry about.  Apart from fire blight they don't have too many serious problems.  I did find a borer in one once.  Donna


OK, thanks, Donna. I'll just see what happens this year.

As I say, I haven't been able to find a fungicide rated for pears. I 
don't know if they'd actually cause damage to pears, or if there just 
wasn't enough demand to test it. (I believe that Captan can cause fruit 
drop, but Immunox seems to be a good choice for most things,... though, 
again, the label doesn't mention pears.)

I did have worms in the Asian pears last year, but since I only had four 
pears total, I didn't worry about it much. I don't know what pest it 
was, though we do have codling moths here. Unfortunately, my 
strawberries pretty well surround the pear trees, so I couldn't spray 
while they were blooming. Well, in general, I don't spray nearly enough, 
apparently. (But I don't need perfect fruit, either, when I'm eating it 
myself.)

Thanks again,

Bill
Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

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