As many of you may already know, last year I tried my hand at growing for the first time. This year I thought I would try my luck with a fruit tree. I purchased an Asian pear tree, Pyrus Pyrifolia sp, from California and had it shipped to me about two weeks ago. When she arrived I was worried about her complexion. As you can see by the picture, her leaves and new growth were discolored and looked, in general, unhealthy.
It makes sense that she would seem a bit down, having been in a box for 3 or 4 days. I was concerned that my choice to place her outside in this state might not be a good idea. I was also concerned that to leave her in the container indoors, may harm her as well. It was time to research… After some investigating, I found advice that I was safe to go in either direction. I decided to take the middle road and to acclimate her to the outdoors gradually so as not to shock her into the new climate. Looking at the progress she has made over the last two weeks, I feel comfortable with my choice. At first, I’d take her outside for just about 30-60 minutes. At that time, it is mostly cloudy so I felt confident that the sun would not scorch her delicate leaves. I slowly increased that time until she was spending a good part of the day outdoors. Eventually, she would spend most of the day outside and eventually, as the weather has warmed, in direct sun. Over the last couple of days we have had some cold weather and she seemed to tolerate it well. A few days ago I noticed she had a fracture in one of her branches. Honestly, there is no way of knowing if this happened from shipping, the wind, or me carrying her in and out of the house. I was devastated! More research…. I read an article that suggested that I stop all new growth from forming on the broken branch because the tree will grow a replacement.
I could leave the branch on the tree if there is foliage to help her produce energy and remove it later. I took a picture to show that she did, in fact, start to grow a new limb. I clipped off all new buds from the fractured branch and I plan to prune it later in the winter. After almost two weeks of this I removed her from the container and planted her in her new permanent home. With all of the time I have invested, cost to purchase and ship I’m a little apprehensive about putting her outside all night. The picture above is of her freshly planted before I put stakes in the ground. Now that I have the tree secured the only thing left to do is wait….