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Author:  tlb [ Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Transplanting Pear Trees

I have two half year old pear trees that I grafted in the grafting workshop last spring. They are doing fine, but due to various constraints, after the workshop I planted them in pots. Is is okay to transplant them into the ground now, or should I wait until some other time.

Thanks,

Trudy
Portland, OR

Author:  Viron [ Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:21 am ]
Post subject:  A pair of pears?

Trudy
Portland, OR;

Congratulations, you're a Grafter! Now is a perfect time to plant your baby pears into the ground. Whether a permanent location or not, a pear tree would be safer with its roots underground than in a pot - with the potential of freezing from all sides if not jockeyed around to safety throughout the winter.

Just remember, you will have vulnerable young trees standing alone; you may use this opportunity to drive a strong steak along side them. This stake can support them from harsh winds, and also mark their location - adding a little protection. A small wire cage to protect from dog / cat / children ... may also be good insurance.

If your trees have multiple shoots of growth - a case of each scion bud having developed a shoot - remember to snip off the weaker and leave just one "shoot" as the "trunk" of your pear trees. You can prune them as we do in Oregon: anytime after the leaves drop (or blow off) this Fall / Winter.

Also, remember to "head" that remaining shoot (its future trunk) at the level you want it to branch. Meaning; if you'd like a "vase-shaped" tree (which I'd recommend with pears, considering their wild up-right growth habit), when planted, if it's strongest shoot (future trunk) is 4 feet or more in height you may prune it (an exhilarating move) just above the bud where you want the highest limb.

Next year, 3 or 4 of its upper-most buds will send up new shoots; these will become the branches. Let them grow straight up, as tall and thick as they'll get - all summer. Next winter "spread," or bend them to the angle you'd like the branches. Leave them bent for one growing season, and they will remain at that angle all their life, and hopefully yours!

Keep us posted :wink: !

Author:  Marsha [ Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:32 am ]
Post subject:  Transplanting pear tree

Viron, I, too want to move a pear (giving away my 5-in-1 to someone with lower standards than mine). I figured on doing it in mid-winter, when it is as dormant as it is going to be. Are you suggesting I dig now, when trees are going into dormancy, as opposed to later, when they're completely comatose? This year everything broke dormancy I think in February, at about the time I would normally try to plant. Is that a good argument for not waiting?

Thanks,

mh

Author:  Viron [ Sat Oct 29, 2005 5:42 am ]
Post subject: 

Marsha,

"giving away my 5-in-1 to someone with lower standards than mine"
Ha ha, I've done that too - just prepare to watch it thrive!

My suggesting 'transplanting now" was for the two potted trees above. In your case, I'd stick with your plan to do it, "in mid-winter, when it is as dormant as it is going to be." "completely comatose?" - I like that! Yes, give it a couple months... Just wait for a soggy yet 'balmy' day in January. I would suggest the 'recipients' get their hole dug / prepared in advance.

My only concern with digging in the middle of winter would be if the ground were frozen, but around here - just wait a week... But tell us what you replace it with :) ?

Author:  Marsha [ Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Now somewhat off topic...

I'm replacing the (literally) misbegotten 5-in-1 pear with my proudly self-grafted Ashmead's Kernel (on M111). And I finally got to taste an Ashmead apple, and it's wonderful. I chose the scion based entirely on hearsay. Whoever said it was right.

mh

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