Strange pear blossums on new wood?

Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)June 6, 2012

I have a pear tree and blossomed the first time. About two weeks later some more blossoms appeared on new wood, about 3 inches at end of new growth.

What do you make of this? I know, some stress factors on apples can push out flowers in mid season, never seen it on pears before,...did you?

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My Bartlett routinely throws some new flowers about 3-4 weeks after the spring bloom, and then a few sporadically for the next 3-4 weeks. Some of them have even set and grown into small, late pears for me. Funny, this year, when it was loaded with bloom and all were lost to frost, not a single one of these weird blooms has appeared yet, although by the calendar it's not quite time, generally they appear from about mid June to about mid July, so perhaps I'll get lucky yet and get a pear or two, albeit about the size of a Seckel at best.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 9:41PM
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I've had late pear blooms too. They don't seem to work out to anything here.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 9:48PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)


They are common in warmer areas for pears. They are called rat-tail blossoms.

They are considered a negative because they provide a source for fireblight infection. I doubt you have a problem with fireblight though, so you can probably ignore them. I remove them anytime I see them.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 8:52AM
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I walked by the Bartlett this morning. Woo hoo, 2 open blooms and 2 buds. Pear crop 2012 awaits me! I hope I'm not overburded by the massive quantity and size these may be.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 10:15AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Hah. You sound like me. I have 4 or 5 blossoms on my Seckel with swelling at the ova. I may have a few Seckel pears this year, yippee.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 3:06PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you all!
So I guess it's not that uncommon to have such a thing.
Olpea,..good point about taking flowers off, I might just do it because fireblight seems to be around here, it hasn't been bad lately.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 9:13PM
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