[NAFEX] The Coming Plague of Pears
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Jun 13 14:02:30 EDT 2002
There's another factor at work with the spread of the callery seedlings.
All Bradford pears are grafted. On what? Most often, P. calleryana
seedlings. Every so often a graft fails and the seedling grows up. The
average person doesn't know the difference, but the seedling can pollinate
the Bradford, and fruit set results. There are a lot of Bradfords planted
in Salem, Oregon and I've seen fruit on many of the trees over the years.
Obviously, there have been pollen sources around almost as long as there
have been Bradfords.
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at
> Good article. I cut and pasted the article to apple-crop.
> My neighbor has a large Bradford, I wonder if my Flemish Beauty's and
> D'Anjous are pollinating it! The bloom period overlapped this year. The
> writer did not speculate on the wild Bradfords harboring pear psylla - but
> I suppose they could.
> Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>@lists.ibiblio.org on
> 06/12/2002 12:32:56 PM
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> Saw this webpage linked from a GardenWeb discussion thread on Bradford
> pears and all the drawbacks attendant to its use as a landscape specimen.
> Thought it might be of interest to some - and, things are slow here, as
> well as on the list.
> The Coming Plague of Pears:
> Lucky Pittman
> USDA Zone 6
> Hopkinsville, KY
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