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CLIMATE CHANGE OR JUST SLIGHTLY CONFUSED?!
Tue 21-Sep-10
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islandgirl
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I planted a new pear tree earlier this year, it was a little late for planting but its leaves were drooping through lack of water and was the princely sum of 3.50. I took pity and nursed it through the summer basically just giving it a good bed for its roots and plenty of water. It has rewarded me this week with a lovely show of blossom! eeek  Is it the changing climes or just the trees lack of experience? Has anyone else had anything similar?

Tue 21-Sep-10
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Michelle from Oregon
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Hi Tammy, what kind of pear is it? Bosc?

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Tue 21-Sep-10
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Hi Michelle, its a Conference pear, as I wanted to both eat fresh and preserve - pear and ginger jam is yummy! Though I will have to wait quite a few years for a decent harvest. Does the variety make a difference to when I should expect blossom? Have you had something not quite in sync with the season?

 

Tue 21-Sep-10
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Me again, just realised posted this in Jams, chutneys and preserves doh oops it was the thought of all that pear jam!

Tue 21-Sep-10
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It's easy to get confused, don't worry about it.  I'm guessing that your little tree was almost dead when you got it and is now just recovering due to the food from the earth and the watering that you gave it and thinks it is now spring.  It should sort itself out over the winter. 

 

I'll try that again!

Tue 21-Sep-10
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I think you're absolutely right, must stop watching all those futuristic prophesy orientated disaster movies!!  My pear tree is just saying thankyou for saving me! smile

Tue 21-Sep-10
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Of course it is, enjoy the blossom whilst you can.  big_hug  And stop watching that type of movie! roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

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I agree with TA, it was probably confused from being in shock, poor thing. 

I've seen other fruit trees do that before, not the whole tree, just a branch, deciding it needed a second go 'round in the same season.

FYI, there are some pear trees that will bloom a little later in the year than others, its just the varital, nothing wrong.

Oh, and one more thing, (I swear I'm not showing off, its just that I went through this a few years ago when I planted cherry trees) do you have another pear tree on your place? Or one on your neighbors place? I noticed when I was rooting around that Conference Pears aren't self-pollinators, they need another variety of tree around to cross pollinate with.....

http://www.raintreenursery.com/pollination_pears_euro.htm

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Wed 22-Sep-10
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Thats really weird, I looked on the link and yes it does say on the chart that Conference is not self pollinating but on others I have seen it says that although the Conference is a self pollinating variety it does crop better for there being another pear in the vacinity. Confused again!surprised.

I guess I will have to wait and see, keep your fingers crossed!

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