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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2014

My Bradford pear trees are looking sickly and are not blooming as well as they have in the past.Who do I call?

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Take a couple of photos and a branch cutting with leaves in to your local plant center that sells trees and ask if they recognize what is wrong.

Check out your local Cooperative Extension Service website for fruit tree disease info. In many states you can also mail them a couple of photos and a bark sample and branch/leaf cutting and they will inspect it for disease for free. Ditto for some ag colleges.

In some area there is an ag agent working for your local US Dept of Agricultuyre agricultural support office who will come and take a look, especially if you are in pear growing country, as they always want to know about and head off any disease coming into the area.

Check fruit tree grower web sites for photos of trees that look similar to your. Google this search phrase for info on pruning and life - how long do bradford pear trees live

Could be, if you were hit by the unusual cold this winter, that they were weakened by that and may perk up as it gets warmer. It may also be there is nothing wrong but old age - I know when I was a kid and we had an orchard, the pear trees were the shortest lived, followed by figs and then other soft fruit trees like peaches and nectarines - commonly 8-12 years was as long as they bore fruit, and died after 20 years or less.

If you want someone to come out and look at it, then you need a certified Arborist who is trained in plant diseases.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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