No Pears for You!

Fire Blight strikes!  Again.

When the disease first appeared two years ago, I wrote the woeful post Fire Blight Blues.

A year later, everything seemed hopeful.  Despite being deeply pruned, our pear tree once again appeared happy and healthy.  Mmm…no pears though.

Early spring of 2018 seemed so hopeful.  The tree was full of white blooms.  Masses of buzzing bees engulfed it.   A constant west wind rustled through its tender leaves.  Yes it was a lovely picture.  Until.  Weather.

Turns out that this bacterial infection is an air-borne disease.  I so wanted to blame the bees.  But honey bees have enough problems of their own.  So I did more research and discovered the culprit was in the air!  Specifically the west wind that gusts  through our subdivision’s Bradford and Bartlett pear trees.  Guess what?  These have Fire Blight also!  So technically I can blame the weather.  Or I can blame the neighbors to the west.  It really doesn’t matter.  In the end – NO PEARS FOR YOU.


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Homesteading journal/sketchbook. Watercolor and pastel sketch of diseased branch with withered pear buds.

April 18, 2018


“Fire Blight in the pear tree again!  Much older pear tree about a block west of us has it bad too!  Lots of things spread [fire blight] from one tree to another.  Possibly including bees.  Can’t stop bees.  Can’t stop air flow.  Once blight is in tree – it can only be managed.”

I ended the entry with a bit of good news.  My friend Cathy who lives several miles away  has two healthy pear trees.  She says I can come over and harvest as much as I want.

Maybe I will get pears this year afterall!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Genie Geer says:

    I Love that sketch!!!


  2. Claudia says:

    I would never have thought that wind was the culprit! I mean, with everything else out there to whack our trees…wind? Can you plant a new one out of the wind?

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    1. Hi Claudia! I could plant a new pear tree that is blight resistant. And to be fair – our west wind is just the carrier of the blight from nearby diseased trees.

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