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Pear tree problems....

  • Pear tree problems....
  • Pear tree problems....
  • Pear tree problems....
  • Pear tree problems....

Hello everyone, I'm new to this site but it looks amazing!....

I'm hoping someone out there can help me please. I've inherited an old pear tree but I went out this morning to find about 100 little tiny 'baby' bud pears on the floor, most of them were black so I'm guessing they are rotten and the tree is diseased or something. Anyone got any ideas of what it is and how I can help this lovely old tree please.....😀

Comments (7)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Could be Pear Midge, Kirsty: a tiny creature whose maggots grow inside the developing fruit, which then goes black from the flower end up to the stem.

    If you cut open some of the black fruit and find maggots within, that would confirm it. If so, you will need to pick up all the fallen fruit and burn it, or put it in your council green waste bin: don't compost them, or leave them on the ground, otherwise the maggots will complete their life cycle and the problem will get worse!

  2. Grower

    Kirsty Shepherd

    I'll go check and let you know, I pick them up as quickly as I can because I have a small dog who's nickname is dyson!! So it's a race to pick them before she can eat them.....I'll be back shortly, huge thanks for your help 😀

  3. Grower

    Mark

    I agree with Rachel, defo pear midge. Is the area under the tree grass? if it is, then you should consider cultivating the soil in the fall of the tree. The maggots bury themselves 2 to 3 inches below in the soil, dig around with a trowel you will probably find the blighters waiting for your tree to go in to bud (white bud stage).
    Also spray next year when the buds form, just make sure your insecticide is bee friendly. Sounds like you may of had them there for sometime, but you can control them.

  4. Grower

    Kirsty Shepherd

    Fab guys thanks for the info......I've cut a few open and haven't really found anything so I'm guessing they've already buggered off. I've tried to take pics but not sure if you can see properly......
    It is grass underneath Mark, what exactly do you mean by cultivating the soil - sorry to sound stupid, I'm new to all this gardening milarky and so sometimes misunderstand terminology. We've been in the house about a year now but i think it was rented for about 5yrs and I don't think any of the tenants were gardeners as the whole place was totally overgrown and covered in ivy and brambles.......(sadly with no fruit!)

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  5. Grower

    Kirsty Shepherd

    A lot of small 'normal' ones are dropping too......I know the tree need thinning out but can't do that until the end of the season.....

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  6. Grower

    Mark

    Hi Kirsty
    Cultivating, is cut all the grass away to expose the soil underneath, so it's bare, dig around it a bit to see if the beggers are in the soil. The only other thing it could be if no maggots, if you've had a heavy frost....

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Kirsty, my first thought was frost damage, but they seemed to be very uniformly black, which looks more like pear midge.

    As Mark says, it's best to clear away the grass under the tree anyway - it's competition for nutrients, and there is often the problem of damaging the trunk of the tree when trying to cut the grass. So it's better - and looks nicer! - to have a clear circle around the base. It also makes it easier to clear up fallen fruit.

    Don't worry too much about small fruit dropping off, it's a natural thinning-out of the fruit: I know it's a bit painful to watch, especially after losing so many black ones! Hopefully there will still be some fruit left on the tree to give you a bit of a crop this year.

    If you look up "pear midge" on the internet, you will find lots of information about how and when to spray, early next year, to prevent/reduce it for next season.


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