Fan Trained Pear

2020

Spring Blossom

The quantity of blossom was disappointing this year. I don’t know why. The tree has a great structure and size now. I will not be increasing its main framework, just pruning side shoots to encourage spur formation from now on.

UPDATE: 2020 – Summer Pruning

Summer pruning consisted of cutting back all side shoots to the lowest set of leaves — usually a cluster of 3 to 5 — which usually means cutting the shoots back to 1 or 2 inches. Almost all shoots had a nice dense cluster of leaves at eh base just right for turning into flowering/fruiting spurs. The end growth was pruned back to the ends of the canes.

There are only half a dozen pears this year.

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4 thoughts on “Fan Trained Pear”

  1. Hi Keir, loving your blog. I’m planning to start growing some trained fruit trees in my London garden and just in the planning stage – I like the idea of a pear fan-trained tree. One question I have that I can’t find an answer to anywhere is: Is it an absolute mandatory that a fan-trained tree needs to be against a wall or fence. Can I succeed in growing one between two fence posts (as part of a larger structure I’m creating which will have space for espalier trees) if well trained against firm wire/bamboo etc? Or is the wall support absolutely integral? Thanks, Henry

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    • Hi Henry, yes you can grow a fan trained pear on wires between posts no problem. The benefits are that it will get better air circulation and more light. The main reason for growing on a wall is that the tree uses an otherwise unproductive wall. If you wanted to grow figs or peaches then a wall would increase the heat improving fruiting, but pears will manage fine in the open. (That said, there are a few pear varieties that do better on the continent than in the U.K., and they might do better against a warm wall)

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  2. We have bought fan trained pear and cherry trees, what would happen if we took the fan frames off would they just grow out naturally?

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    • There is no problem with removing the supplied frame as long as you attach the fans to your own support (wires, fence, trellis or bamboo canes etc)

      To maintain the shape you need to prune them twice per year. Late summer, tie in all main shoots that can be used to extend the shape, while cutting off any new shoots that point in the wrong direction. Cut back all side shoots to three leaves to encourage formation of fruiting spurs. In winter tie in shoots to canes and cut back any shoots that formed since the summer prune as before.

      Read my articles for more information.

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