Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:41
My family pear tree is very large. After one year the two halves started to pull apart but I interwove the lowest branch from each variety which formed a natural tie-bar. It took about three years to fruit well (conference on one half, doyenne du comice on the other) and is now (after 30 years) very proliffic. Remember that pears flower early in the season, sometimes before there are enough bees around, and sometimes the blossom falls victim to late frosts and strong winds, but that said the fruit is far better than anything you can buy.
The other thing to be aware of is that wasps love the ripe fruit so you need to take care when picking. Nothing worse than having a heaving mass of wasps, which have burrowed into a pear, in your hand.