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How to Care For Your Pear Tree

Aside from pruning, pear trees require little attention. They do not like to be short of water though. The best strategy is to apply a mulch in mid-Spring of well-rotted compost around but at least 15cm (6in) away from the main trunk.

Pear Midges (see pest and disease below) are often a problem. The cure is rake the surface of the soil regularly in from late winter to early spring. This will expose and kill the midges before they get a chance to fly up into the tree.


Pears don't store very well but some varieties are OK if kept for two or three weeks (see previous page on varieties). Store pears in a cool area (approximately 6�C / 43�F) which doesn't suffer from large temperature changes. Lay them on a slatted surface and don't have more than one layer. Only store perfect specimens and check them out every couple of days. If any show signs of deteriorating then remove them immediately. A moist but not damp atmosphere is best.


Pears are reasonably healthy fruit trees but do occasionally suffer from pest or disease the main ones are outlined below.

Aphids - these may attack new growth especially in early summer. The aphids can often be seen. They cause new shoots to curl and there is often a sticky fluid over new growth. Click here for more information and how to treat this pest.

Scab - this fungal disease can be identified by brown scab like marks on the fruit and often black marks on the leaves. Click here for details on how to treat this disease.

Canker - the symptoms are deformed patches of bark which becomes cracked and bends inwards. Click here for details on how to treat canker.

Caterpillars - these seem to find the leaves of pear trees particularly tasty. The best treatment is to simply pick them off by hand as soon as they are noticed. If you notice any moth cocoons them pick those off as well because they are housing caterpillars.

Pear Midge - the signs of pear midge are young fruit which does not develop properly and becomes black before falling to the ground. Destroy all the infected fruit. In spring cultivate the soil around the tree to expose the over-wintering midges to the cold and wild life. A mulch of black plastic over the soil around the tree will also prevent the midges entering the tree in Spring.

Fireblight - the signs are new growth turning brown and a sticky liquid appearing around affected areas in Spring. Seek advice from your local garden centre if you suspect fireblight because this disease should be notified to the agricultural authorities.




Name: zeshan arif
Date posted: December 15, 2011 - 09:48 am
Message: dear sir.... plz tell me the problems we faced during the storage of pear fruit...thanks

Name: Alan Goodchild
Date posted: October 24, 2011 - 08:19 am
Message: I have a problem of a rot which comes out from the core. A pear does not pears seem not quite ripe (very firm)on the outside but is brown at the core which rapidly extends to the outside. No sign of insect penetration or grubs etc.
Any ideas
Alan Goodchild

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Date posted: August 21, 2011 - 12:30 pm
Message: why are my pears so dry and juice less

Name: Laurie
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 14, 2011 - 02:41 pm
Message: Hello, I would like to know how to care for pear tree that is FULL of fruit. I picked off about 100 of the least nice ones, is there a rule of thumb re: how much fruit per branch or something? Do not want to lose this one to a wind storm

Name: Rithu
E-mail: jihadullahk@yahoo,com
Date posted: August 04, 2011 - 08:52 am
Message: nice site thanku very much information

Name: David
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Date posted: June 14, 2011 - 04:23 am
Message: I have a 2/ 40yr old pear tree and the new fruit have what appear to be scabbs on them.
Please help


Name: steve chaney
E-mail: Private
Date posted: June 07, 2011 - 12:38 am
Message: I have 2/ 40 yr old pear trees. Part of the tree has small yellowish leaves and normal leaves on the rest of the tree, It has spread to the other tree also blossoms have died. Can the trees be saved? what can I do. Steve

Name: AL
Date posted: May 29, 2011 - 07:19 pm
Message: My pear tree flowered early this spring for the first time after 2 1/2 years and all the blossoms dried up and fell off after a few days. The tree looks pretty heathy other wise.

Can someone tell me what is going on with it. I need some serious help.

Name: mark coley
E-mail: Private
Date posted: May 15, 2011 - 11:22 am
Message: Hi, my pear tree is about 6 years old, the young fruit is turning black and droping off, also the leaves have red spots on them . Can you help . many thanks.

Name: Minaz
Date posted: May 11, 2011 - 08:46 am
Message: Hi, I have a pair tree and it has some diseases on the trunk and the leaves. Trunk has got a mark of white patches and a holes on the leaves.

Can you please advise to treat them.


Name: Michele Trebilco
Date posted: May 06, 2011 - 04:31 am
Message: Hi My pears are pollinating well and baby pears appear and then the stems turn yellow, black up by the pear itself and then drops off. This is the second year that this has happened. This is a family tree (3 types) grafted on one stem and is about 4 years old. The tree and leaves seem very healthy. Can you help. Many thanks.

Name: kim lowe
E-mail: Private
Date posted: May 03, 2011 - 07:34 am
Message: hi i would like some advise on how to keep my own grown pears fresh. every year i get load of pears but they never seem to get juicy they seem to turn rubbery and bendy once i have picked them and put them in the fruit bowl like i do with bought ones am i doing anything wrong ? please help

Name: Mrs Mistry
E-mail: Private
Date posted: January 02, 2011 - 04:19 pm
Message: Hi, we have two pear trees in our garden but only one bears fruit, just a few pears e.g 5/6 fruits. Recently the leaves get black spots and fall off. Would you please advise on the treatment of the leaf problem and also the best form of fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and fruits.
many thanks

Name: Chris Peeling
E-mail: Private
Date posted: November 18, 2010 - 07:57 am
Message: My Pear tree (3yrs old) has just sprouted Blossom(2nd time this year) will it be detrimental to the tree if I leave it or should I just pick it out?

Name: colin spencer
Date posted: September 25, 2010 - 10:18 am
Message: My young pear tree seems to be dying!! The leaves are all wilting and turning black. Can anything be done to save it?

Name: Les Ayres
Date posted: August 07, 2010 - 03:22 am
Message: Dear Sir,
I have a very large pear tree - about 18foot, it is taking over my garden and I need to really prune it back hard, how do I do this? Also it has pear midge and being that size it is difficult to control. Black plastic would be impracticable. Is there another way of controlling them?


Les Ayres