one thing I learned from the first weekend of my permaculture course is that I definitely fucked up buying standard size pear trees instead of dwarf or semi-dwarf. need to cut my losses and get new ones instead of trying to make them work and wasting a lot of effort.

b-b-but now I've read some things that say the rootstock doesn't matter and you just prune the darn thing to whatever is a manageable size for you. I have no idea what to do!!!

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@dthompson I put in 2 apples and 2 pears like 9 years ago and pruned them into an espalier and they've been great. They were whips when I planted them and now the trunks about ~3 inches in diameter. I'm always surprised by how aggressively you can prune trees.

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