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Is it ok if my pear tree cuttings are blooming?

 
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Hi all,
So we just made our first attempt at growing trees from cuttings. We took cuttings from two pear trees and a crab apple. We live in zone 4B and have decided to start growing the cuttings in pots right away (three weeks ago). They are by a south-western facing window. We also sowed white dutch clover and a couple volunteer dandelions. We applied rooting hormone when we planted them. It gets down to around 60 degrees at night where they are.

My question is this - is it ok if they are blooming now? Each bud has between 4 and 9 flowers but only two small leaves. It seems like they leaves wont be able to sustain the energy required from the flowers.

Thanks in advance!
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There's a lime tree (1 y/o) and an aloe vera plant in the background! :)
 
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Apple and pear trees normally don't grow from cuttings. Instead, people grow rootstock pear or apple trees from seeds or layerings, and then graft cuttings called "scions" onto them during late winter or early spring during the period when the trees are just about to come out of dormancy. You can find out how to do this from books, videos or attending a weekend seminar or workshop. This is an excellent time of year to get started (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). Good luck!
 
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Things seem to be early for a number of species this year.
My loqauts are ripening, the last three years all fruit was destroyed by frost. Turns out they are delicious.
Azaleas are in bloom. They should start to bloom in late February.
The pasture is mostly green. It's usually brown this time of year.
Your pears are inside, that's giving them a good boost, but it seems early.
 
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My feeling is that you would not want them blossoming this year, yet alone this early.
Their first year should be spent developing a strong root system, not replicating.

That is why it is generally recommended to strip fruit the first year trees begin to fruit.
If they need to split their energy between root development and reproduction, neither will do well.

 
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