Pear tree cutting

Today I went up to my boyfriend’s parents house and took 6 cuttings of their 100+ year old pear tree. We have no idea what kind it is, but we do know the tree is not as healthy as it used to be. Mark’s great-grandfather planted a pear orchard up on the property in about 1910 and this is the last remaining tree. We didn’t want it to die and have nothing left, so I decided to try my hand at rooting it. It’s something I have always wanted to do, but didn’t really have any major impetus. Here was my excuse to get my finger out and get moving :)

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After a lot of research, and following these instructions (mostly), I bought perlite, peat moss and rooting hormone powder. I then checked out the pear tree to find the healthiest branches with tips growing upwards that were at least 8 inches long with lots of nodes on them. I ended up cutting six in total.

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When I brought them home, I mixed perlite and peat moss with about a 1:4 ratio and wet it slightly. I found a spoon was the best mixing utensil. I then poured some rooting hormone into a small bowl to keep the rest sterile, and dipped the cut ends of the branches in the powder. Once the ends were coated, I put them into the mixed perlite and peat moss and tamped it down around so they were stable.

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They need to be kept out of direct sunlight and also be kept from freezing, so they are inside the house and sitting in front of the fireplace. If we light a fire, they will be moved. I’m excited to see if some, or any, will root! If successful, I will probably put a few up on Craigslist as I’m sure a lot of people will want a 100+ year old pear cutting! It has to be heirloom…

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