AnnaIkona
Greener Thumb
Posts: 801
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:20 pm
Location: Canada zone 8b

Pear Tree from Cutting is getting new leaves

Hey there everybody! :-() haven't been very active on this forum as I've been very busy lately with all the hard autumn work going on around the homestead.

So anyway, 2 or 3 weeks ago at my friend's house I snapped off some branches off of her pear tree and stuck them in a bottle of spring water. I plucked off all the leaves, leaving only 1 leaf on each branch. The top leaves that I left fell off in about a week. Last week I noticed that the branches have begun to set new buds and leaves! They do look a bit ugly and shrively but they grow bigger and bigger each and every day!
20160903_171110-240x427.jpg
20160903_171110-240x427.jpg (24.71 KiB) Viewed 1009 times
20160903_171115-240x427.jpg
20160903_171115-240x427.jpg (31.79 KiB) Viewed 1009 times
20160903_171120-240x427.jpg
20160903_171120-240x427.jpg (59.04 KiB) Viewed 1009 times
I am have been really worried to stop the growth and kill the branches so I haven't been changing the water all this time.

They are indoors right now and I am planning on keeping them indoors all winter.

What should I do? Should I plant them in soil now or should I wait until roots form? Any ideas are really appreciated :) thanks!
Zone 8b, Canada

JONA
Mod
Posts: 806
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:11 am
Location: Sussex. England

Re: Pear Tree from Cutting is getting new leaves

To produce roots on a hard wood cutting its usual to plant into soil a cutting some nine inches or so long. The problem with such a huge piece of wood is that it is going to need so much uptake to survive and there is nothing there to take up that amount other than by natural osmosis. I fear that it will start to die before any form of roots can develope.
But......you never know!
John

AnnaIkona
Greener Thumb
Posts: 801
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:20 pm
Location: Canada zone 8b

Re: Pear Tree from Cutting is getting new leaves

Yes, I agree, it may be a bit too big.

You may not notice from the image, but there are actually much smaller cuttings (5 inches) in there too. They also have begun to grow new leaves.

So you recommend that I plant them in soil now? Could I do this indoors for the winter?
Zone 8b, Canada

JONA
Mod
Posts: 806
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:11 am
Location: Sussex. England

Re: Pear Tree from Cutting is getting new leaves

Those are ideal length for cuttings. Plant them in well drained soil in a sheltered place.
They may well take up to 12months to root.
Good luck.
John

AnnaIkona
Greener Thumb
Posts: 801
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:20 pm
Location: Canada zone 8b

Re: Pear Tree from Cutting is getting new leaves

Thank you! I will try doing that a post some results later on :)
Zone 8b, Canada

JONA
Mod
Posts: 806
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:11 am
Location: Sussex. England

Re: Pear Tree from Cutting is getting new leaves

One thing to add Anna.
If any of the cuttings have their tops cut off for any reason. Make sure you seal the end with paint or wax to conserve moisture while they root.
John



Return to “FRUIT FORUM”