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 Pear tree in a container 
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Post Pear tree in a container
I have a five year old pear tree in a container. I have moved a few times and so it is potted. As of current I have always been afraid to prune it because I didn't want to kill it and I honestly have no clue where to start. It is now taller than I and growing haphazardly in whatever direction it pleases. I have read many online guides and am just not satisfied with what they instruct as I don't even always know what they're referring to. I was wondering if any one could help with a definite "cut THAT branch back" and a "a cut down X-inches will promote proper growth"..... If I'm asking something that cannot be done, then at least I tried, right? And to top it all off, my phone is t letting me atach any pictures... So hopefully this link works... ... 1397149791

Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:22 pm

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Post Re: Pear tree in a container
I could not view your photo link, but suggest you not do any pruning this time of year. Pears can be ‘leggy’ and often ‘shoot for the moon,’ but like most deciduous (dropping their leaves each year) fruit trees, they’re best pruned while dormant (leaves off during winter/ early spring).

My basic pruning instructions would have you envision the tree in the ground at it’s current ‘soil level’ (‘shorter,’ as if you’d planted the pot). Pruning requires a ‘vision’ of how you want the tree to look, then basically removing everything else. Again, you can safely do this while it’s leaves are off and it’s energy is stored in the roots, as opposed to the leaves.

It’s most important this tree get a permanent home… which will allow it’s roots to store sufficient energy to put out ‘desired growth’ after being pruned. Actually, while potted, pruning it fairly severely when dormant will leave less ‘tree to feed’ come spring, and shouldn’t do it any harm.

You might try again posting some photos here… but as mentioned, I’d try hardest to find it a permanent home in the ground :roll:

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