Pear tree mystery

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ruth, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

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    We have a 100 year old pear tree in our yard - the hard cooking kind - and it was loaded with pears. I mean three stories high, huge around, could hang a swing from its branches - loaded to the max - must have been thousands of pears.

    For the past few weeks I've been watching them grow. The ground was covered with them, all having one bite taken out of them, I'm presuming squirrels, and then the deer would come in early evenings and eat some of the ones on the ground. I would usually pick myself one and cut it up to eat. They were really good but not quite ripe so I've been waiting. Called my mom and made plans to have her come and show me how to put up pear preserves; bought a dehydrator with plans on drying some; bought freezer bags with plans on freezing some. Like I said thousands of huge pears.

    Yesterday I walked over to pick one, as I had the day before and they were GONE. Every last one, gone. Even the half-eaten and rotten ones on ground - gone.

    What in the world could strip a pear tree like that? I thought squirrels but the pears had to weigh as much as a squirrel and it would be a mountain of pears if stacked on the ground somewhere. It's like they never existed. My DH didn't believe me so I took him to see the tree. It couldn't have been humans. The tree is right near our house and it would require a cherry-picker truck and lift to reach the top of the tree which towers over the two story carriage house. There is not one single pear left on that tree or on the ground.

    I'm in shock and awe. Anyone have anything like this happen to their fruit trees? We had a huge old plum tree in yard and nothing carried off all of its fruit. We have old oaks with acorns and dozens of pecan trees too so it's not like this was the only food source. I am just stumped. So much for the preserves, drying and freezing. Now I know next year to pick them before it's too late.
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Monique, that is strange, I wonder if aliens love pears and beamed them up. [​IMG] When you find out the answer to the mystery please let us in on it.
     
  3. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh wow,thats very strange
     
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    CHIPMUNKS!!!! we have had ours ambushed also this year. they tore them up!
     
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    I was talking with a lady at work and the same thing happened to one of her peach trees so her hubby set up a deer cam and it turned out it was raccoons (in the trees) and armadillos getting the ground ones. Trees were stripped in a night.
     
  6. wishin4chicken

    wishin4chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, no!!! [​IMG] One of my favorite things is dried pears. They are marvelous. Sorry to hear of the mysterious disappearance.
     
  7. newchickenfamily

    newchickenfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's crazy!!! [​IMG] It must have been a whole army of critters to make THAT MANY pears disappear into thin air!! Wow! Sorry to hear that you won't have any for yourself! [​IMG]
     
  8. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    ROFLMBO!!! At least I'm not crazy! At least, not about this! LOL! Every year I wait for my pears and I was convinced the neighbors took them the weekend they were ready. This year, I was home and ready. Got up early in the morning to let the chickens out, and they were all GONE! I have had these trees for 8 years and have yet to get a pear off of it! [​IMG] But it is loaded every summer. Glad to know it's not just me. DH thinks I am crazy and the tree just doesn't bear fruit, but how could hundreds or maybe thousands of pears just disappear?? [​IMG] Sorry you didn't get any pears either. My peaches and apples are loaded and I get tons of them. Whatever it is just LOVES the pears!

    Shelly
     
  9. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Quote:Sorry that only happens in NM!
     
  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I have the same kind of old pear tree; bears TONS of fruit every other year. Can't eat 'em - rock hard! And by the time they are soft enough to eat, they are rotten and on the ground. But mine don't fall until end of Sept/early October. I bet yours fell early, maybe because of lack of water? And the animals scarfed them up.

    My tree is absolutely LOADED. Had to trim branches today because they were touching the ground. If anybody nearby wants some pears, come and get 'em!!!!
     

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