baby pears

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I was very happy to find a bunch of baby pears (my first!) on one of my espaliered trees in my community plot. I have two trees trained on a 5 foot fence. One tree (a Bartlett) has been there for 3 years now and the other I planted last spring. Last year both trees looked bad – with some bugs in the leaves (red spots – scale I think), so this spring I used a dormant oil spray just before buds opened. The fruit has set on the newer smaller tree – no bloom or fruit on the older tree. But the leaves look very good on both trees. Maybe next year I will have fruit on both trees. Soon, I will bag the fruits I have now and hopefully protect them from the garden critters.

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