This is a subjective topic because many of the things we do haven’t gone through any verifiable trials. Most of this group is like me in that we only have a few years under our belts growing fruit. I think this topic could be a valuable resource to improve our hobby/occupation. Most of my listing will be opinions but I think we have several members that can offer more long term experiences. All comments are welcome from new growers to experienced ones.
-Removing drop fruit won’t eliminate insect pest for next year but it will reduce the population.
-Prune young trees only to get the desired shape and they will fruit sooner.
-Finding a good balance of how much fertilizer if any to prevent biennial bearing (I haven’t done a good job).
-Choosing a few varieties like Harrow Sweet pears that has a tendency to fruit at a young age (watch out for alternate year fruiting).
-Plant more trees than you think you need. If one takes a year off another one will produce. I have two Harrow Sweet and two Gold Rush.
-If you have trouble distinguishing between fruit buds and leaf buds you can prune after they flower.
-Graft in several varieties to help with cross pollination.
-If possible plant trees that escape early cold snaps. I have been testing several pear varieties.