I have attached a photo of my Asian Pear. My local nursery upon seeing a...

Asked May 14, 2013, 9:36 PM EDT

I have attached a photo of my Asian Pear. My local nursery upon seeing a branch indicated that this may be " Fire Blight" but was not sure. Can you give me your assessment and possible treatment. If picture is not clear I will be happy to bring a branch to your office for assessment. Thank you

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Yes, your Asian pear is suffering from 'Fire Blight'. Unfortunately, there is no chemical control we can recommend for the control of this disease,. Infected branches should be pruned 8-12 inches below the infected area. Do not cut back to a healthy branch or trunk until mid-winter, when the tree (and the disease) is full dormant.