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Favourite pear trees?

Post  Mad Gnome on Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:37 am

Pears are one of my favourite fruits. Unfortunately, the one tree in our orchard is not producing. So now I'm looking into getting maybe 3 trees (1 early, 1 mid-season, 1 late maturing).

I have some varieties earmarked, but would be interested in hearing your opinions on what pears you like best.

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Post  The Estate on Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:04 am

wish I had more room Evil or Very Mad
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Post  Mad Gnome on Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:28 am

I don't know how much/little room you have, but I am going to espalier these pear trees. They take up far less space and are then easier to net to ensure the birds don't get them.
Also, I am going to get pear trees that are grafted on to dwarf root stock.

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Post  Scarecrow on Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:06 pm

We've got a William, a Packham and a Josephine but that's only because they we're the ones the local shop had!

I've got my eye on a Red (? name) one but it will have to start raining before I plant any more fruit trees up here. No
Most of the fruit trees I have are over ten years old now and don't need much watering but new ones would need water to get established.
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Post  The Estate on Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:25 am

Gnome you cant swing a dead cat at my place affraid
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Post  Stecranat on Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:12 pm

Mad Gnome wrote:I don't know how much/little room you have, but I am going to espalier these pear trees. They take up far less space and are then easier to net to ensure the birds don't get them.
Also, I am going to get pear trees that are grafted on to dwarf root stock.

Will be keen to see the outcome I have always loved the look & have wondered how hard it would be.
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Post  Barbara B on Sat May 10, 2008 3:38 pm

Hi,
we have a Williams Bon Chretian and a Beurre Bosc. They might be around eighteen or twenty years old now and they both produce extremely well. We bottle, or stew and freeze the fruit.
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Post  Betty on Sat May 10, 2008 7:58 pm

Our Williams pear is over 33 years old seeing it was here when we came out here. The first year it had only 6 pears on it, and the second year, after I pruned it, it had over 60. Our Beurre Bosc is only young.

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Post  Raymondo on Sun May 11, 2008 3:46 pm

Beurre Bosc and Williams are a great pair. The one pollinates the other so you'd expect good crops. They are the two I'm planning on putting in. I will graft onto seed grown trees that I grow in situ. In other words, I intend sowing some pear seeds where I want them to grow. Once big enough, I'll graft the ones I want onto them. I'm doing this in the hope that the seed grown stock will have a good deep root system to cope with dry spells.
I also love Nashi pears so I might try grafting one of those too.

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