My chanticleer pear tree has fire blight. What can be done to save it.

Asked March 24, 2016, 4:28 PM EDT

My chanticleer pear tree has fire blight. What can be done to save it.

Stark County Ohio

1 Response

Fire blight is a devastating and difficult-to-control disease of the pear tree.
That said, early spring with temperatures averaging above 65 degrees, especially when humid or rainy, create ideal conditions for bacterial populations to grow.
You may have observed the petals turning black and dying, or even the twig tips blackening and forming 'shepherd's crooks' to have reached you diagnosis.
The best move now would to find a certified arborist in your area via
www.isa-arbor.com/findanarborist/arboristsearch.aspx who can come see the tree and provide treatment for disease management. An explanation of the most likely treatment of pruning and sprays can be found
on a Penn State Extension Fact Sheet at:
www.extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fphg/pome/diseases/fire-blight
Again, this is a difficult disease to treat, but you do have one of the more fire-blight resistant pears.