Hello, Please give me your advice on what the problem with my d'Anjou pear...

Asked June 27, 2013, 8:08 AM EDT

Hello, Please give me your advice on what the problem with my d'Anjou pear tree is. I attempted to send multiple photos but could only upload one. Thank you.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Based on your photo it looks like the pear may have been subject to fire blight. The above variety is susceptible to this bacterial disease. If it progresses into the main branches and trunk, it can kill the tree. You'll need to prune off the infected ends-using the Ugly Stub method. See the attached information: http://extension.umd.edu/learn/fireblight
The best control is selecting disease resistant varieties, pruning using the above method, and spraying a copper fungicide at the silver tip stage next spring. If you send us your name and address we will send you a copy of our Home Fruit Production Guide which lists spray schedules and IPM guidelines.
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