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Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:42

Many flowers and fruitlets are sensitive to frosts.

As for pollinators, all pears will produce better fruit if there is a cross-pollinator available.

But, for the moment, I'd go down the feeding route. Do it a couple of times this year, and hopefully you'll see results.

sand for plants?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:06

No, it sounds like builders' sand, which can contain unwanted salts. For potting or lawns you need silver sand, which is clean.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:02

Growmore would be fine, at 130g per square metre, covering the area under the tree to just beyond the spread of the branches. Ideally it should have been done about March, but doing it now certainly won't harm. Fork the food into the soil and then water it in well a couple of times.

I mentioned pollinators before, too - you will get more fruit from your pear if there is another pear nearby to act as a pollinator. That's why you got most pears in the first year, when it had been kept with other pears by the nursery.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:13

If it's been very windy that might have dried it out, especially on a slope. It may also be getting too dry generally if you have a dry spell. Other than that, are you feeding and mulching it well in spring? That should improve flowering and hence fruiting. Another thought - have the fruitlets or flowers been caught by a frost? And finally - does it need a pollinator?

Monkey puzzle problems

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:11

Sorry, your problems aren't showing.

Pear tree

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 20:44

Is it waterlogged after the recent period of heavy rain? What kind of light situation is it in, and what kind of soil do you have?

Talkback: Removing weeds

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 20:42

Covering horsetail has no effect, I'm afraid - it'll just run along to where there is light. Your best bet is to use a glyphosate-based weedkiller (glyphosate is non-residual, and inactivated completely on contact with the ground), crushing the horsetail first so it absorbs the weedkiller; it's also an idea to add a drop of washing-up liquid to the weedkiller. This won't get rid of it all, but will shift a significant amount. The rest can either be treated again, or you can keep pulling it up when you see it.

Sowing in wet conditions or wait?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 17:02

Don't sow until the ground has dried out a little. If you sow into very wet ground the seeds may well rot, as you suspect.

Black Velvet Petunia

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 16:23

Any chance of a photo?

Lavender

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 14:44

No. If the plant has produced them without being forced under glass they are fine.

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