Cyclical? I hope so.

Gardener:Somerset Sue

Date:11 Dec 2023

Blog Type:Vegetables, Flowers

I've often heard and read that the garden can be cyclical... something that does well this year might not be so prolific next year. I'm hoping this is the case with our Red Bartlett pears. Last year we had a wonderful crop of around 30 pears on our young espaliered tree. 

This year we have 2 pears. 

The clues were there in spring when it was late to blossom and there were hardly any flowers. I was a little concerned but saw around a dozen small fruit so though we might be okay. But no. Many of the tiny fruit dropped off and this is what we are left with. Our other pears are also well down on numbers this year.

On the other hand all of our apples are over achieving - we've got plenty of young apples, much more than other years and they're looking really healthy. 

Anyone have any clues as to why our pears are so disappointing this year?

Cyclical? I hope so.