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Thread: My pears are horrible!

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default My pears are horrible!

    That particular pear tree hasn't produced much of anything for several
    years. My husband didn't want it to produce so did a hack job on pruning
    it. He actually did the exact opposite of what you would do for proper
    pruning, much to my dismay. We have a gardener now who is doing a better
    job of it but there isn't a lot left to the fruit trees after husband took
    to them.

    The last time I canned pears, I noticed that most of them had some brown
    spots on them, much like you often see on the Bartlett pears in the grocery
    store. There were just a lot more spots.

    Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't look
    at them until just now. And they are inedible!

    I was startled earlier when I heard a loud noise on the deck. Daughter just
    shot me a dirty look and said, "It's a pear, falling!" And sure enough she
    was right. Several more just fell and startled both the cats and I. Yeah,
    I know I should probably pick them up but the gardener is coming on Thu. and
    he will do it for me. Seeing as how we haven't had any rain in God knows
    when, the grass is quite brown and hasn't grown. So he likely won't have to
    mow.

    Anyway... There are a few pears that are literally totally brown cracked
    throughout and starting to look a bit dehydrated. I think perhaps that
    could be lack of water. The gardener did put on the sprinklers in the front
    and back yards but I haven't bothered to do it since, since we are on water
    restrictions and I can't even remember which days we are allowed to water.
    But the other pears? They are all at least 3/4 covered with these brown
    spots. And by brown spots, I don't mean soft spots. It's like little hard
    specks of something that looks like a scar.

    I attempted to find out what this was before and didn't get very far in
    figuring it out except that perhaps the tree has a disease. I don't know
    how old the tree is. This house was built in 1982 so it could be that old.
    The one apple tree that did used to produce a few apples on one branch only
    but then they always got sunburned and fell off, did not produce a thing
    this year. I was told when we bought the house that tree was old and would
    not produce.

    The other apple tree has some sort of cooking apples that were very small.
    They too had similar brown spots and as the years went by had more and more
    such spots. And on the apples, whatever it was sort of bored through the
    apple like a worm hole.

    The other pear tree produced nothing at all this year. It normally produces
    very well and I was actually able to give some of those away. They were
    quite tasty, very large pears of a yellowish pale green color, some with a
    slight blush to them. I have not seem then in the stores. But they didn't
    hold up well to canning.

    So anyway... Does anyone know what might be affecting the pears? Or the
    apples? I haven't seen many bugs around at all this year. Earlier, like in
    Spring we did have a lot of ants. I put out some Terro powder and sprayed
    several times and that pretty much seemed to take care of them. I only had
    to take down one wasp nest and that is unusual because normally they're a
    severe problem. I have seen a few cabbage moths but no other critters that
    I think might be the culprit.

    I'm just curious as to what it might be. Of course I could ask the
    gardener. It's just that he never comes at a set time and most of the time
    it's either while I'm still in bed or after I've left the house.



  2. #2
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..

    Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't look
    at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    (major snippage)

    Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them to.

    Jill


  3. #3
    sf Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:53:21 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'm just curious as to what it might be.


    No idea. Does this look like it?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8sQWnSvZDI

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:54:14 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    >
    > Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't look
    > at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    > (major snippage)
    >
    > Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them to.
    >
    > Jill


    I wish you'd use a decent news reader. That lack of proper quoting is
    really annoying.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  5. #5
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!


    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    >
    > Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't
    > look
    > at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    > (major snippage)
    >
    > Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them to.


    No. I looked it up again. Looks like they both have some kind of fungus
    but now the name escapes me. Doesn't surprise me because the back yard is
    very small and doesn't get a lot of light.



  6. #6
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:53:21 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I'm just curious as to what it might be.

    >
    > No idea. Does this look like it?
    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8sQWnSvZDI


    Yes! That's it! Thanks. Also pear scab.



  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:54:14 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't
    >> look
    >> at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    >> (major snippage)
    >>
    >> Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them
    >> to.
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    > I wish you'd use a decent news reader. That lack of proper quoting is
    > really annoying.


    Looks fine to me!



  8. #8
    sf Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:48:00 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news[email protected]..
    > > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:54:14 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    > >>
    > >> Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't
    > >> look
    > >> at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    > >> (major snippage)
    > >>
    > >> Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them
    > >> to.
    > >>
    > >> Jill

    > >
    > > I wish you'd use a decent news reader. That lack of proper quoting is
    > > really annoying.

    >
    > Looks fine to me!
    >

    Obviously, you don't know that a quoted reply should have one more >
    than the poster's name has. Her news reader doesn't insert quote
    markers, it just copies the text.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  9. #9
    sf Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:47:23 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:53:21 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> I'm just curious as to what it might be.

    > >
    > > No idea. Does this look like it?
    > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8sQWnSvZDI

    >
    > Yes! That's it! Thanks. Also pear scab.
    >

    YW - if you read the text, the last line says "It's worse in areas of
    high rainfall", which would be you because you live in a "temperate
    rain forest" area.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific...e_rain_forests

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:53:21 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > I'm just curious as to what it might be. Of course I could ask the
    > gardener. It's just that he never comes at a set time and most of the time
    > it's either while I'm still in bed or after I've left the house.


    Smart guy. If you talk as much as you type he probably wouldn't get
    any work done.

    -sw

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    "sf" wrote in message news[email protected]..

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:54:14 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    >
    > Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't
    > look
    > at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    > (major snippage)
    >
    > Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them to.
    >
    > Jill


    I wish you'd use a decent news reader. That lack of proper quoting is
    really annoying.


    I've tried Thunderbird and despite everyone saying it's great, I d/l next
    500 (or ALL) headers and don't see squat past the Olive Oil thread. It just
    isn't working for me. Sorry if you have to suffer.

    Jill


  12. #12
    The Cook Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:55:56 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >"sf" wrote in message news[email protected]..
    >
    >On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:54:14 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >
    >> "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't
    >> look
    >> at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    >> (major snippage)
    >>
    >> Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them to.
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    >I wish you'd use a decent news reader. That lack of proper quoting is
    >really annoying.
    >
    >
    >I've tried Thunderbird and despite everyone saying it's great, I d/l next
    >500 (or ALL) headers and don't see squat past the Olive Oil thread. It just
    >isn't working for me. Sorry if you have to suffer.
    >
    >Jill



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    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:48:54 -0400, The Cook wrote:

    > If you are willing to spend $29, get Agent. It works properly and
    > there is a newsgroup with lots of helpful people. You can get a 30
    > day free trial at http://www.forteinc.com/agent


    Or you can just get Dialog for free. But if you can't use
    Thunderbird, there's not much hope for learning Dialog either.

    Buy it is quite annoying. At least put in the ">"'s manually. The
    post in question only had 3 or four lines - would have taken 5 seconds
    to fix it.

    -sw

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    graham Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    > That particular pear tree hasn't produced much of anything for several
    > years.


    Aren't you allergic to pears?



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    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Sep 18, 12:53*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:

    If you are going to have fruit trees that actually produce
    fruit.....you have to tend to them.

    They need regular feeding and of course watering in dry weather.
    They also need some spraying. There are different
    tyes of sprays including organic ones.

    You cannot expect to get good fruit from a tree that has been left
    "wild" with no tending at all. You might be lucky in an off year but
    you really need to care for your trees if you expect to get anything
    from them.

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:07:30 -0700 (PDT), ImStillMags
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sep 18, 12:53*am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >
    >If you are going to have fruit trees that actually produce
    >fruit.....you have to tend to them.
    >
    >They need regular feeding and of course watering in dry weather.
    >They also need some spraying. There are different
    >tyes of sprays including organic ones.
    >
    >You cannot expect to get good fruit from a tree that has been left
    >"wild" with no tending at all. You might be lucky in an off year but
    >you really need to care for your trees if you expect to get anything
    >from them.


    There are also times even when one tends to fruit trees with great
    expertise they still won't pruduce due to weather, availability of
    pollenation, both. Quite often blossoms are subjected to a hard
    freeze before the pollenators arrive. Also there may not be a cross
    pollenator nearby, not all fruit trees are self pollenating. Even
    when one totally neglects a fruit tree it will usually still produce,
    fruit may be small/wormy, but it can't produce if pollenation doesn't
    occur.

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:2r1h58licnlq1buhfjmeatdq5p0i[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:47:23 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >> > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:53:21 -0700, "Julie Bove"
    >> > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> I'm just curious as to what it might be.
    >> >
    >> > No idea. Does this look like it?
    >> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8sQWnSvZDI

    >>
    >> Yes! That's it! Thanks. Also pear scab.
    >>

    > YW - if you read the text, the last line says "It's worse in areas of
    > high rainfall", which would be you because you live in a "temperate
    > rain forest" area.
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific...e_rain_forests


    Yes! And I think I have two problems now. We did have a lot of rain
    earlier in the season but it is very dry now. Which would explain some of
    the dry, cracked, dehydrated pears. I am going to have to go try to pick
    some. There aren't really very many I can reach and my picking tool works a
    lot better for apples than pears. But too many are dropping on the deck and
    the noise is horrible.



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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!


    "graham" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:6q36s.252$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    >> That particular pear tree hasn't produced much of anything for several
    >> years.

    >
    > Aren't you allergic to pears?


    No.



  19. #19
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    ImStillMags wrote:
    > On Sep 18, 12:53 am, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >
    > If you are going to have fruit trees that actually produce
    > fruit.....you have to tend to them.
    >
    > They need regular feeding and of course watering in dry weather.
    > They also need some spraying. There are different
    > tyes of sprays including organic ones.
    >
    > You cannot expect to get good fruit from a tree that has been left
    > "wild" with no tending at all. You might be lucky in an off year but
    > you really need to care for your trees if you expect to get anything
    > from them.


    Ah... Well, I didn't know that. The only fruit tree we ever had when I was
    growing up was a Rainier cherry. We never really did anything to it but
    water it. We got tent caterpillars on it one year. I haven't seen those
    around for a looooong time. My uncle was visiting and he said he could get
    rid of them for us. He used some kind of torch and wound up setting the
    tree on fire. The tree was destroyed and never produced fruit again.

    I did try to fertilize when we first moved in. But the only fertilizer I
    could find was those spikes and I couldn't get them into the ground because
    it was so hard.

    I guess I should just have the gardener prune it more so that it won't
    produce. I do love the blossoms in the spring. But nobody wants the pears.



  20. #20
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: My pears are horrible!

    jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > "sf" wrote in message news[email protected]..
    >
    > On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:54:14 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > "Julie Bove" wrote in message news:k3999k$fgf$[email protected]..
    > >
    > > Well this year wouldn't you know there is a bumper crop. But I didn't
    > > look
    > > at them until just now. And they are inedible!
    > > (major snippage)
    > >
    > > Yeah. An excuse not to have picked them and find someone to give them to.
    > >
    > > Jill

    >
    > I wish you'd use a decent news reader. That lack of proper quoting is
    > really annoying.
    >
    > I've tried Thunderbird and despite everyone saying it's great, I d/l next
    > 500 (or ALL) headers and don't see squat past the Olive Oil thread. It just
    > isn't working for me. Sorry if you have to suffer.
    >
    > Jill


    Light a candle for Thunderbird.

    G.

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