Jim Kotsonas wrote:
We have 2 other pear trees (diff. kinds), and both have had blight over the past 5 years. One we've managed to beat back, and
the other we're working on. This tree has never had blight. It was badly pruned when we bought the place, but it managed to
rebound nicely (until yesterday ).
Our first thought was to treat the wound, but (as Rebecca posted) from what we've read that's not really recommended any
more. And as you both mentioned, and another friend of ours suggested as well, we figured cutting the branch below the
break would be the route to go.
However, after clearing away the damage, it's looking like we may just let nature take it's course. I've attached a couple of
additional photos - when the main branch broke, it took out a lower, secondary branch (the lower red arrow). Where we'd
have to cut below the break is indicated by the upper red arrow. So basically, we'd be left with a stump and one branch. In
the 10 years we've been here, all new growth has been generated from the existing 4 branches, 2 of which are now gone and
the 3rd would be if we cut. Maybe new branches would generate if we cut off that upper branch?
Maybe 3 months of dry weather would help the wound to heal, and if we diligently prune that remaining upper branch, maybe
we can generate some lower growth and it will fill out - but please, by all means, feel free to shoot down that very unprofessional
logic/guess, as we're welcome to any suggestions.