How to train/prune my Asian pears?
Hi from Italy!
I have a question about asian pear training/pruning.
I have 3 plants planted this spring and I have to prune them next winter.
I found that Asian pears are usually trained as vase shape.
I read that I have to cut all the branches lower than 50 - 60cm (20-24 inches) and select 4-8 strong branches.
I did not understand where to cut the leader.
Anyway I have 4 questions one for each plant.
1- I have a plant that had strange stains, I thought they were cankers so I cut the stained parts.
During the growing season three branches developed in the lower part.
Now I think I will cut the upper part (the damaged and maybe ill) and the two smaller branches, what do you think about it?
2- A plant developed a lot and doubled their dimensions.
Now it is about 10 ft tall, how have I to cut the tip?
3- Another one did not developed a lot and, according to what I read, it developed a fruit-bearing bud at the top.
How have I to cut it?
4- There is a old European pear, it has not being pruned.
How have I to prune it?
Thank you very much!
Plant with damaged trunk.
Not very developer plant with fruit bearing bud.
New lower branches
Fruit bearing bud?
Old European pear, never pruned.
Posted by: Mirko
Posted: November 14, 2017