a few questions:
did the pear arrive with the branches pruned as they are in the photo?
If so, was the other tree pruned in the same way?
The branches have been 'headed back' pretty hard-
I generally leave my chosen scaffold branches 'as is'.
I'd say that the tree could take a while to recover from losing so much wood/roots.
That theory gets blown if both trees have the same pruning/conditions
Oh, and I'd mulch around the trees asap. I use chipped tree mulch around trees if I can-
the fungal environment created is ideal for trees, and it also looks good.
I usually dump it on pretty thick, so it's important to protect the trees from collar rot with a sleeve around the trunk's base.
Slitting the side of an old plastic plant pot, cutting out the bottom and slipping it around the trunk does the job.
Pears also seem to vary widely from individual to individual. We only have 6 varieties/20 trees of pear so I don't have a solid observations on growth patterns, but even in those trees, that much difference between two trees seems normal to me, and that's without considering whether you have compounded the differences with different root stock. But now I'm drifting into fool speculation.
That's a pretty large caliper tree you got from Stark Bros. It might just take some extra time to settle in since it has been set back harder compared to a smaller tree. Your goal this year is more about root growth and getting it ready for winter; leaves and branch growth will follow. Remember: Sleep, Creep, Leap. The first year can be a lot like watching a napping infant, the next year they stretch out a bit, then they take off like teenagers in a growth spurt. If you feel compelled to jostle it awake with any kind of fertilizer, make sure it's balanced with nitrogen for leaves and phosphorus for the roots. A big flush of green leaves without supporting root growth will not help that tree get through winter. Some rock phosphate on the surface around the drip line wouldn't hurt if you have average soil. We mixed a pound of it in every planting hole this year.
The other adage: plant pears for your heirs. They are just slow.
@Leila, bare root trees from the big nurseries in the states are shipped from a warehouse cooler. They can get pruned pretty close for storage. They come in long skinny boxes, sometimes triangular ones, because our shipping is priced on length plus girth measurement. I've gotten untrimmed, feathered bareroot trees, but only from the smaller nurseries I've worked with. .
Thanks Ann, I sometimes forget the massive scale of some things in the US, and attendant 'practicalities'
Ann Torrence wrote:Leila, bare root trees from the big nurseries in the states are shipped from a warehouse cooler. They can get pruned pretty close for storage(...) I've gotten untrimmed, feathered bareroot trees, but only from the smaller nurseries I've worked with. .
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