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Re: Bradford Pear Trees not blooming

Re : Bradford Pear Trees -- Elizabeth Smith
Posted by Newt , May 15,2005,03:33    Top of Thread   Forum

Hi Elizabeth,

Gosh, 100 inches of snow!! I used to live in the Catskills and have always missed my mountains since moving to Maryland, but I think I'll leave that much snow for you! ;)

If other pears in the area are blooming, then I doubt it was the snow. A few things that come to mind are the possibility that they were planted too deeply or have too much mulch around the trunk of the trees. Take a look here to see if this is your situation.

Another possibility could be that they were planted with burlap and/or wire baskets left on. That can cause the roots to be restrictrd and tree decline.

Another possibility would be ash whitefly.

You also don't say if they have ever bloomed. If not, it could possibly be that they just aren't mature enough to bloom.

It's difficult to diagnose from here without knowing what else might have changed in the environment or a more extensive description. You do have an excellent extension service that might be able to help.


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