How should I prune a pear on Pyrodwarf rootstock?
I am just planting a one year bare root Conference pear that my husband bought from you for my Xmas present - it's a tall growing one on Pyrodwarf rootstock which we want to grow into a bush-trained shape. I wam looking at your pruning instructions but was unclear if Pyrodwarf is a dwarf rootstock or something else? Should I be pruning it back to 3 ft? It has two (one large and one tiny) side branches Any help much appreciated.
Sue from Yorkshire
Thanks for your enquiry. Contrary to what the name suggests, Pyrodwarf is not a dwarfing rootstock, in fact it is semi-vigorous one, somewhat more vigorous than the popular Quince A rootstock used for pears, and could reach a height of 4-5m or more. (I think the 'dwarf' bit just means it is smaller than a full size seedling pear rootstock). It should become a nice specimen tree over time.
With regard to pruning, yes you should cut the tree back to about 1m / 40" or so - it depends a bit where you want the branches to start from. Remove both the side branches back to the main stem.
You can always send me a photo if you want us to take a closer look.
Tagsbush-trained, Pyrodwarf, Quince A, rootstock
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