fuwa fuwa usagi
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Fri Dec 14 18:38:45 EST 2007
On paper, Potomac pear looks unbeatable.
In the ground it is OK. It has been a little slow to come into bearing,
but otherwise I have very few complaints.
One thing I noticed, and have not seen documented anywhere, is that it
tree ripens to acceptable quality. Has anybody else noticed that or are
my trees just weird...maybe it is just a one year thing? Is tree
ripening a goal that modern pear breeders are shooting for?
I have it on OHxF 333 in great soil and it is a monstrosity. That darn think is huge, despite having taken the central leader out on two occasions. It would make a fair shade tree. I also am not impressed with the shape. It grows like a &*#%$!!! Bradford pear. The only thing more vertical I have seen is Harvest Queen. I never find quality pears quick to bear, all took 5-7 years to come into bearing. My Potomac's pears are large to huge, they tree ripen nicely, but are very sparse. I have yet to get a harvest, more like samples. It also has more problems with insects in general than any other pear tree I have. In general you don't have to spray pears around here, next year though I'll probably spray Potomac once and then evaluate it. Teh other thing is, the bees are not that passionate about it. But then they have lots to choose from in my yard.
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