when and how to prune plum and pear tree
Hello, I live in Central Oregon and have a green gage plum and a bosc pear that I planted in 2001. I had planted an anjou pear as well but it has died. When do I prune the fruit trees and how? I know the plum tree is self fertile but do I need another pear tree to get pear? Thanks!
Deschutes County Oregon
You want to prune your trees while the plants are still dormant so sometime this month would be fine.
Here is a publication on pruning your fruit trees: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/22166/pnw400.pdf
You don't necessarily need another pear tree to get pear, but it is recommended to have cross-pollination to set a good fruit crop. Ones that you can cross with Bosc include Conference, Rescue, or Orcas.
Thanks, Amy Jo