You Bet Your Garden

The flowering pear bears bitter fruit


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January 5, 2013 — When is a pear not a pear? Discover the difference between pear trees that produce crunchy fruit and those whose brittle branches just go snap, crackle and pop. Also, Mike interviews Dr. Bill Quarles, Director of the Bio Integral Resource Center about the tremendous reductions in pesticide spraying that have been achieve by California’s “Eco-Wise” certification program for professional exterminators.


Questions of the Week

I have a ‘Cleveland’ pear tree that’s 3 or 4 years old. No fruit yet. My friend’s pear tree took a few years before bearing fruit; should I just be patient? Or do I need to prune these tall limbs back? It looks ludicrous to me for them to be so high. Get the answer »

Photo by Flickr user Mr Jan



  • grub

    Great info on ‘bad’ flowering pear trees. BUT the asker wanted a fruiting pear. No info on that.

  • http://www.aidigital.com james dimartino

    Mike, 2 questions:

    1. We burn a great deal of wood that accumulates on our property just outside of Cape May, New Jersey. I was wondering what we can do with the ash? Good for tomatoes? Butternut Squash… any ideas?

    2. We are plagued with something called Porcelain Berry, a vine that grows while you watch sometimes 10 feet in a day. Anyway I have grubbed them, applied a mixture of weed killer & keroscene to scraped bark but they still come back. My local farmer who mows our meadows twice a year advises me to spend one or two years constantly mowing the vine as “the only thing that grows back after constant mowing is grass” (his quote).
    Any suggestions?



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