Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:41
Right.....for pears ...take each main branch and look to prune back every shoot on it to about 3 or 4 leaves, viz., to short "spurs". Do this all over but leave the ends of each branch intact. You are getting near to the end time to do this, summer pruning. This encourages fruiting for next year .....leave it until the autumn and your pruning will simply encourage growth and no fruit
I grow espaliers amd cordons and bush apples and pears.
Plums.....cut growth made,this,year back by half. ,side shoots on those branches to a few,leaves .....similar to spur pruniNg on pears. Never cut plums....and avoid breaking those ( brittle) branches outside of summer. Silver leaf disease is a danger on wounds made then.