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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

The 3 most important tips for training and pruning pear trees

Restrain the centre 

Pear trees naturally have the urge to grow strongly and quickly upwards. If they have the choice, they encourage the upper shoots (controlled by the hormones in the shoot tips) far stronger than the shoots below. If you want to raise a small garden tree, you have to counteract this tendency, the so-called apical dominance, in order to maintain growth and fruits also in the lower area and not let the tree grow towards the sky. The most important measure is to reduce the central leader again every year, especially in the first 3-4 years, in order to give the lower side branches more possibilities for development.

Let the branches have some pull and slope

The shoot tips, which would prefer to be far above the branch attachment (apical dominance), control the pear’s growth. The higher the shoot tip is, the more it grows. Conversely, it adjusts the growth largely if it is located only at the same height or even below the branch attachment. Especially in the lower branch area it is necessary to ensure that the branches have a certain amount of traction in the first years so that they can develop themselves in a healthy way. For this purpose, they must not be completely tied down horizontally, but should form an angle of approximately 30° or even slightly more towards the horizontal position.

Never cut everything away; always let something stand and it will eventually bear fruit

Pear trees have the ability to form fruit on almost all of their branches. If, therefore, the side shoots of the main branches are cut off, or if the so-called suckers are removed, they should never be cut back as far as the start of branching; a stub of 15-20 cm should always be left. After two or three years, perhaps only after pruning two or three times, a fruit crop is formed, which can produce a rich harvest for years.


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