Pear tree winter damage
My pear tree was winter damaged and now the tree is sprouting branches from the ground around the base. Should I prune the top off and hope that it lives?
The best I can say is that it all depends. In general, the best thing is to replace the tree with a new one. But, it might be worth trying to save if:
- The sprouts are coming from the scion (above the graft) and not the rootstock (below the graft).
- The tree is small enough that one of the sprouts could take over and become a new trunk and not just be an appendage on a big old dead trunk.