How to Prune a Kieffer Pear Tree

Overview

Kiefer pears are a beautiful European fruit that ripens late in the season. They are self-pollinating and will also pollinate other varieties of pears. Kiefer pears should be vigorously pruned in the winter when the tree is dormant.

Step 1

Choose a dominate branch at the top of the tree that is the most vertical. This branch will be your central leader. Cut the tip of your central leader if you wish to slow the tree from getting taller.

Step 2

Cut any dead branches or any branches which appear diseased, broken or weak.

Step 3

Cut any branches that cross other branches or grow straight sideways or downward. Cut branches that grow across the center of the tree. Branches should be cut at or near the trunk.

Step 4

Cut any branches that grow out of the trunk below the first major union of the central leader and the main branch.

Step 5

Cut suckers that sprout from the roots at ground level.

Step 6

Cut the tips of remaining major branches to encourage a fuller look and to slow the rate of growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always rake any fallen fruit or dead or diseased branches and discard to inhibit the spread any any pear tree diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Loppers
  • Saw
  • Ladder
  • Rake

References

  • How to Prune a Kiefer Pear
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About this Author

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.