Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:05
Pruning will help. Summer pruning in early August cuttimg baxk side shoots to produce fruiting spurs the following year.
Pears these days.... A five year old on dwarfing rootstock ......bear fruit early and the old adage plantIng for your heirs no longer applies.....dove will run me down with her convertible now .
I grow pears as oblique condons and one as an espalier. They fruit early once formative pruning has been done. All mine were bought as maidens so grown and trained from the start.
I grow varieties to help pollination....I'm unsure if conference is self fertile.....will check later.....but all varieties are better for other pollinators nearby.
So, summer prune in August and consider a pollinator.
The more horizontal fhe branch the more fruitful is will be. The oblique cordons are a combination of near vertical for for growth and near horizontal for fruit, therefore angles of 45 degrees. Espaliers are perfect shape for most apples and pears.