Pear tree dying?

DomicaJune 17, 2014

I've recently just noticed this, but I think my pear tree is dying.

I've attached a picture of it.
The tree is 4 years old and this is its second year to have pears on it.

There was a terrible "flood"-ish where there was maybe 10cm of water (not that much), but the wind was really strong so we had to stick 3 poles next to the pear and attach them to it so the wind doesnt rip it out.

I don't want this tree to die so soon so I'm asking you, what to do? Is it even dying? I'm noticing the leaves going yellow-ish.

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10 cm/4 inches of water is a lot for a fruit tree. My question is how long your tree was flooded? A few hours or a few days? Also, after the flood, how long the soil continued to be wet?

Usually pear is more tolerant to excessive water than cherry or plum. However, if your tree was flooded and sat in wet soil for several days, the chance of it dying is high.

Trees in the property behind the wall look like peaches and they appear to do well. Were they flooded, too?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:12PM
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The tree is fine and I wish mine were in so good a shape.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 12:22AM
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The pear tree was in water for like 2 days.

Well, we also have 2 cherry's and 2 plums, neither of them are dying or showing any signs of dying.

Yes, that behind is another fruit garden and those are peaches. They were flooded, but with around only 5cm of water.
We also have a peach that was flooded and its fine.

We have a lot of fruit trees that were all flooded the same and only the pear seems to be dying,

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:04AM
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I don't think the water has anything to do with it. The tree is obviously under stress and it might be caused by having to carry so much fruit. Your pears look ready to harvest, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it recover after the fruit is gone. I'm assuming that you haven't deprived the tree of water because of the brief flood.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:28AM
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I didn't know what to do, so I picked all the pears off the tree. They're much smaller than last year, but after I ate one and they tasted like a normal ripe pear.

I'm hoping now the pear tree doesn't die

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:34AM
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I don't think the flood caused the problem, either, after hearing that other fruit trees have done well in the same situation.

This pear is under stress. I don't know why. You'll have to wait and see. Hope it will recover fully.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 1:07PM
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