If your fruit trees are proving to be mystifyingly unproductive this year – whether it’s a case of no flowers, flowers but no fruits, or only tiny fruits – then it’s time to put on your deerstalker and get out your magnifying glass, because a little detective work is required. It sounds like they just needed a rest to recuperate after major surgery! It's hard to diagnose this without knowing more about your growing conditions, climate and management routine, but if you experience very hot or cold temperatures at flowering time this could be the cause of the problem. Record the plants in your garden, share your photos, and make like-minded friends. You could always persuade a neighbour to plant one? I hope this information helps you get your Keiffer pear back in production next year. Make sure the fertiliser you're using is a balanced one, or at least not high in nitrogen. My Pear tree is 4 years old, it had small pears on it when I bought it, but since then no fruit despite having lots of blossom and healthy leaves. ", "I have several fruit trees of several varieties but, they dont flower or produce fruit. Alternatively, it could simply be that the larger plant is of a variety that is less suited to your growing conditions. Apples and pears tend to produce heavy crops one year followed by light crops the next. ", "Do your pear trees flower Caroline? There is no fruit at all this autumn but the trees still look healthy. Homemade compost, or manure from a trusted source are the best options for building soil fertility. It is about 12-14 feet tall now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! We had blossom on the Bramley apple tree but no fruit has appeared on the tree. For apple and pear, thin to one fruit for every three to four spurs or 4-7 fruits per yard of branch within 30 days after bloom. They'll need another pear tree flowering at the same time in order to set fruit successfully. Hello, Most pears are self-unfruitful, so two varieties are necessary for good fruit production. The prime suspect in most cases is a lack of pollination. Also, pears are notoriously slow to start cropping - the fruits on it when you bought it may have been because it was surrounded by other trees in the sales area but now it's on its own, it may take longer to settle down to a productive life. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. If you need help designing your vegetable garden, try our Vegetable Garden Planner. It is protected from frost and blossom lasts till early may. To remove fruit without damaging other pears on the spur, hold the stem between the thumb and forefinger and push the fruit from the stem with the other fingers. The small ball structures should be overbearing of fruit with the result being many small useless fruiting structures. Sincerely,Roy. Grease bands on trees over winter can prevent the wingless female winter moth from gaining access to the branches to lay its eggs. This method removes the pears but leaves the stem attached to the spur.In the picture you attached I did not see any symptoms of disease or insect problems. However check out point 5 above - biennial bearing. Should we cut this off please. This year take some pollen from another pear tree with a tiny soft paint brush and pollinate yourself one branch just to see if pollen is the problem if this works get another tree. You want an open tree that promotes good air flow and gives you enough wood to allow for a good crop of good-sized fruits - not an excessive amount of small fruits. Removing excess fruit ensures satisfactory development of color, shape and size of pears remaining on the tree. We have mulched with wood. Failure to remove excess fruit decreases formation of flower buds for the following year and causes trees to produce a good crop every other year. ", "I would expect the trees to start fruiting again next year Ginny. Over-pruning stimulates lots of lush new growth at the expense of fruits. Only prune what really needs to come out, otherwise you could be removing fruiting buds. However what you will need to be careful of is any spring frosts that could damage the flowers. Lack of maturity is one reason a pear tree may not flower. The pear trees really aren’t that difficult to grow, but do have certain needs you have to meet. Ask an Expert is made up of groups and individual experts. ( Log Out / Hungry bullfinches and other birds will sometimes steal the developing buds of fruit trees such as pears, plums and cherries in winter and early spring. Since pear trees usually flower later than other fruit trees, they often sail unharmed through the late frosts that do so much damage to other fruiting species. Ann Marie Hendry on Tuesday 21 April 2020 "Hi. The general idea is to thin out the branches so as to allow better air circulation to the inner parts of the tree while removing any damaged, dead or misplaced stems. In the meantime, mulching with organic matter such as compost would be the best way to give them fertiliser - it will release nutrients slowly for strong, steady growth, and help to improve the soil at the same time. It sounds like your Elberta is stressed - is it getting enough water? Start at one end of a branch and systematically remove fruit.