Pear buds, blossoms, and fruit


@Derby42 asked the question earlier but it’s likely on a lot of peoples minds related to temperature damage to flower buds. The reason why it’s a good idea to spray copper prior to blossoms opening is it kills bacteria such as fireblight aka Erwinia amylovora but it also kills Pseudomonas syringae aka blossom blast which is the bacteria responsible for forming ice at higher temperatures that can damage flower buds. Here is an article that explains the process the bacteria use “Heterogeneous ice nuclei are necessary, and the common epiphytic ice nucleation active (INA) bacteria Pseudomonas syringae van Hall and Erwinia herbicola (Löhnis) Dye are sufficient to incite frost injury to sensitive plants at −5°C. The ice nucleation activity of the bacteria occurs at the same temperatures at which frost injury to sensitive plants occurs in nature. Bacterial ice nucleation on leaves can be detected at about −2°C, whereas the leaves themselves, i.e. without INA bacteria, contain nuclei active only at much lower temperatures. The temperature at which injury to plants occurs is predictable on the basis of the ice nucleation activity of leaf discs, which in turn depends on the number and ice nucleation activity of their resident bacteria. Bacterial isolates which are able to incite injury to corn at −5°C are always active as ice nuclei at −5°C. INA bacteria incited frost injury to all of the species of sensitive plants tested.” Here is another article on blossom blast
At first glance sometimes people misidentify blossom blast and think its fireblight.


My espalier asian pear. Yea I know my top branches are way to long. But just cant bare to cut them back till I get some more growth.


The cold nipped a few blooms but the pears seem to be ok overall


A Drippin’ Honey pear I bought from Gurney’s last year decided to blossom this year. I didn’t expect results this fast.


Excellent results! You will love drippin’ honey!


Did your Clara Frijs bloom yetor has flower buds ?


The buds are not open yet but they are close!


Moonglow fruitlets

Unknown fruitlets

Orient fruitlets


Nice looking fruitlets @k8tpayaso! My trees have a ways to go until they get to the fruitlet stage


What rootstock do you have those on in the photo Clark. I keep thinking I need to cram some more ohxf 87 in between my current pear trees


Do you know if a size of a pear bud (before it blooms) correlates to a size of its fruit?

This is the first year Duchess set flower buds and they are huge. KG buds are also on a large size. Both produce large pears. Harrow Sweet flower buds are small. Its fruit are also on a small size.

Coincidence or correlation?


Those are a callery that is a kind of a dwarf when grown in my soil. The callery is my go to so its used frequently. Still have a bunch of rootstock like that which is semi incompatible.


@mamuang your very observant! There is a correlation but there are also exceptions to the rules. You can tell alot by a pear flowers though and your right small flowers typically are small fruit. Here is another example where you can look in the flower and see pink and most pears have that pink except ts hardy which is white. Did you notice that @Derby42

Another really neat thing are king blossoms in apples which are the largest on the same tree in the center of the same cluster which you can tell by the bloom

"In apples, the flower in the center of the flower cluster is the oldest and most developed and will be the first flower to bloom. This central flower is called the king bloom and is the most desirable of the flowers in the cluster. The king bloom has the potential to be the largest fruit.

Back to pears for a minute there is an excellent diagram of a pear flower here
I assume the pink part is the anthers of the flower. As i mentioned with ts hardy when ive looked at it those are white making the tree very easy to identify once it flowers!
Here is an example of an exception which is a crabapple i will use for rootstock. The apples are dime sized but so are the blooms. Im making crosses with the crabapple. Some pears are just like that. Most callery pear blooms are larger than thepear.


Yes my ts hardy is very white,


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Congrats, my Moonglow and Orient are blooming now, so hope to see what you have in a few weeks. When did yours start to bloom?


White buds about the middle of March and full bloom about the 18th or 19th. We had a hard frost on the 16 and 17th that did not hurt them.


@Derby42 im posting this picture of ts hardy for everyone else so they know what to look for

Strikingly different from other pears!

They are all overwhelmingly beautiful!


@clarkinks The third pic almost looks like a hydrangea. Lovely!!


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