Posted: 19/06/2014 at 23:56
Cornish boy too. North Cornish coast buf far west.
I grow espalier and cordon pears and get a reasonable crop......a dry wall where I do not water much so not greatest pears in the world. However, I also planted an orchard for a friend of mine and she does not get huge crops. Like you she had lots of blossom but very little fruit but she is exposed
I used to get excellent crops....I mulched, fed and watered well but I have neglected them a little these past 2 years. So, I will target my pears this autumn.
I prune in early August........this encourages fruit formation on short spurs.....
You need at least 2 other varieties dannyson to pollinate Conference well....even tho it's claimed to be self fertile. Wind is a problem......not for me as I'm well sheltered here ......and salt winds too.