Let's Band Together!
Biodegradable bands are used to pull the tender branches from a young tree away from its trunk. This trains the branches to grow sideways instead of upwards, which is their natural tendency.
An Asian Pear team member slides the rubber band onto a slim, young, green branch and then carefully pulls the branch sideways and hooks the other end of the rubber band to either a mature tree trunk or limb.
Training the branches to grow sideways allows more sunshine to kiss the pears, which makes for a sweeter Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear
. It also organizes the branches into a trellis style format, creating a well-balanced and healthy tree that will support many delicious Asian Pears in the seasons ahead.