How and When to Prune a Pear Tree


With proper pruning, your pear tree can achieve its maximum potential in becoming not just a tree with a beautiful shape, but also one that is productive in terms of bearing fruits.

But you do not just cut and snip away the first leaf or stem you see.  There is such as a thing as proper pruning — or rather, timely and proper pruning.

Let’s go with timing first.  When should you do your pear tree pruning?

If you are going to do major pruning, you must wait before spring, when they are in their dormant state, to do it.  But if you notice any broken or diseased branches, you can snip these away any time of the year.

Pruning pear trees is essentially the same as pruning apple trees – the objective is to form a shape like that of a goblet with the center of the tree uncluttered so that air can freely circulate.

However, pruning the two trees has two major differences.  First, unlike apple trees, pear trees bear fruits close to the main branches, so when you prune, make sure to leave at least eight main branches to form.

Second, pear branches aren’t as strong as that of apples.  To help build the strength of the branches, you must continue pruning them until they are on their eight year.

Use only proper pruning shears and when you snip, make sure do not cut too close to the trunk or main branch.  Cut away shoots that grows around the trunk.  Also remove branches that are not pointing up and branches that are too close together.

What else should you snip off?

Branches that are not exposed to sunlight will not produce fruits, so trim a couple of interior branches.  Any branch that are too close together or whorls must be pruned.

Maintain a regular pruning schedule as this will improve fruit production.

2 Responses to “How and When to Prune a Pear Tree”

  1. Daphne says:

    Thanks for the recepies, can’t wait to try them

  2. Patricia Crookes Lee says:

    my pear tree has no fruit on it this year. Why?