I love reading your pages. It also makes me sad. We have two each apple, pear, plum and peach trees. Last year was the first year they bore and the trees were loaded with luscious fruit. I guess it was luscious. We got not one, nada , zippo piece of fruit. The squirrels got every last piece and what they did not pull off the trees they took one bite out of and left it tantalizingly hanging there. We yried everything I reD about to try and save some but to no avail. Woukd you oerhaps have some sectet amazing remedy to share with this fruit starved lady? Please share if you do. Thank you from the bottom of my empty of fruit stomach!
Hi, Lois: We can understand your frustration—which is shared by many, many thousands! The only secret amazing remedy we can suggest is to try many different solutions in many different combinations until you reach success. Usually it is not one single thing that ends up working. Not sure what you have tried, but first make sure that they can’t jump onto your trees from other trees or structures. After (of course) trapping, the “biggies” for deterrence are netting, physical barriers (making the trunk too slippery to climb, with aluminum or plastic flashing or tubing, or some sticky or gooey substance, or both), and chemical barriers (urine or blood meal around the base). There’s hanging bells or CDs from the branches or playing a radio or putting a few rubber snakes or plastic owls around. Probably the two most unheralded possible contributors to success are placing human hair clippings (from a salon or barber shop) around the base and providing an alternative food source such as sunflowers or peanuts at some distance from the trees, the latter sending the message to the squirrels that since it’s now become such a hassle to get to that fruit over there, we might as well just help ourselves to this easy food. Thanks for asking and good luck!
Where can I find ultra dwarf Asian pears trees so I can plant them in containers. Can I plant the dwarf ones in containers?
Hello, do you have any site recommendations on where to buy dwarf and or ultra dwarf? Many sites Ive looked at do not specify what root stock they have. Im looking for two dwarf pears and 2 dwarf apples for central ohio, zone 6. Thanks for any insight
Kittyhawk, Here are some thoughts from Doreen. Hope this helps.
Bay Laurel Nursery
Maple Valley Orchards & Nursery
St. Lawrence Nurseries
Trees of Antiquity
I am trying to find a dwarf pear tree that is compatible with a dwarf luscious pear tree. Please let me know.
Dear Doreen, I have a mini orchard myself but mine are in pots. I wanted to ask about you asian pear, I'm having trouble with mine they are sprouting from below the graft line not above I keep removing the sprouts hoping to invigorated the graft. Any suggestions. Thanks Kris
Dear Doreen: I very much enjoy your blogs and have learned so much from you. I hope you can help me with a couple of problems. First, I have an Asian Pear tree that was supposed to be self-pollinating. It blooms beautifully, but I have yet to see fruit. It is at least 10 years old. Thinking it may need a pollinator, I purchased another 5 years ago, but they don't bloom at the same time, so once again, no fruit. Secondly, I have a very old Wisteria vine (20 yrs or so) that has yet to bloom. I've read everything I can find on Wisterias, and I have tried pruning extensively, not pruning at all, fertilizing (with Miracle Grow), not fertilizing, and cutting the roots back. I live in N Iowa- Zone 5a. Can you help me? Thank you in advance for your assistance. Mary B
Hi! I just found this blog and was wondering you you had any success with your pear tree? We have had our trees for about 7 years with no fruit! Not even blooms!! I'm not sure what to do. I thought these were easy to grow. Thanks!