Non Fruit Bearing Pear Tree
Location: Cranford, NJ
Question: I have a non fruit bearing Pear Tree, I get green leaves but no flowers. The tree is about 5yrs old. Is it because it does not bear fruit?
Answer: I'm not sure why your tree is not blooming or fruiting, but here are some pointers. Pears usually need to be four to six years old in order to bear fruit, so it may still be too young especially if it has only been growing slowly. In addition, extreme winter cold or a late frost can damage flower buds so they do not open. If the plant doesn't bloom, it can't bear fruit. Once it blooms, there also needs to be successful pollination in order for the tree to set fruit. In most cases, this means growing two different varieties of pear rather than just one kind or just one tree. The ornamental pears such as "Bradford" do actually make small, inconsequential fruit although their blooms and fall coloration are the primary features about them.