Answer: You can thin the fruits out so they aren't quite so heavy. Most fruit trees go through a natural thinning process in June but you can help your tree out by removing excess fruit by hand. Leave one pear per cluster and space the clusters approximately every 6 inches. Start at one end of a branch and systemically remove fruit. To remove fruit without damaging other pears on the spur, hold the stem between the thumb and forefinger and push the fruit from the stem with the other fingers. This method removes the pears but leaves the stem attached to the spur so you'll have good fruit production next year.
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