Question: My pear has grown very well since I planted it 3 years ago, but it doesn’t bloom, hence no fruit. What is going wrong?

Answer: Old-time gardeners quickly found that pears flower best on horizontal limbs. It probably has something to do with hormone content of the tissues. They found that they could encourage flowering and fruiting at an earlier age by pulling the young trunks and branches out of their vertical habit. If you give a pear several years to grow naturally, it will accomplish the same thing itself, just by the weight of the large limbs pulling them down out of vertical.

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