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    bikermike is offline Cropper
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    Well, I bought them (just in time for the frost...)

    Pear Concorde (Pollination group 4, self-fertile)
    Pear Onward (Pollination group 4, will not pollinate Doyenne du Comice)

    they are in their pots up by the wall of the house for now. I'll need to work out when to plant them out.

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    Well, they are now in the ground. layer of cardboard and woodchip around them to prevent grass growing under them for a bit, graft well above ground, stake staked, trunk protectors installed and a fence round the smaller one.

    There have been two frosts since I put them in, but the buds seem pretty tightly furled, and no-one else on the plot has their trees wrapped up, so I 'm hoping they won't get damaged.

    I assume they'll be struck by lightning now...
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    Not too much that can go wrong at this point, as long as you don't have deer or similar - don't forget to water them in dry spells in the Summer, and good luck.

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    Deer you say...?
    yup, we got those...

    hmmmm, I don't have any suitable fencing material left for the taller one. hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    Deer you say...?
    yup, we got those...

    hmmmm, I don't have any suitable fencing material left for the taller one. hmmm...
    I use chicken wire and tall canes to wrap around the upper part of the tree - most dangerous time is when the new leaves appear, as the deer will rip the branches off the trees. The bottoms can be left open unless there is a snow and a very hard frost - when the deer will eat the bark.

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