[NAFEX] Pear variety comments
ed.fackler at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 13:24:19 EST 2007
I agree with Sam on Harvest Queen. Of those you listed we grew Nova,
Manning-Miller and Summercrisp in So. Indiana for many years and only
Summercrisp had much flavor and it wasn't exactly great.
I'd also consider the new Ambrosia from Henry Field, Harrow Sweet (from
many nurseries, I think...maybe Hilltop would be your best bet) and (if you
can find it) a new one from USDA, Kearneysville, WV called Shenandoah. All
three have excellent (perfumed sweet) qualities and degrees of fireblight
On 1/31/07, Brungardt, Sam <Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us> wrote:
> Deb, you might seriously consider planting Harvest Queen, which has
> demonstrated outstanding fireblight resistance at my mother's down in Kansas
> (also USDA Hardiness Zone 5b). It is a hardy, blight-resistant pear with
> the flavor and perfume of Bartlett from Canada. For some reason, fewer
> nurseries offer this cultivar than Harrow Delight, an earlier,
> blight-resistant pear (also from Harrow, Ontario). We really like Harvest
> Queen. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:
> nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] *On Behalf Of *Deb Schneider
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:18 AM
> *To:* nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> *Subject:* [NAFEX] Pear variety comments
> My husband and I love pears and have gradually been planting our small
> orchard. So far we have a Comice, Ure, Warren and Atlantic. The Comice has
> grown very well and I expect it to flower this year. The other three don't
> seem to be doing much. Two are within fifteen feet of the Comice on the
> same type of soil, so I am not sure what is slowing them down. Has anyone
> seen trees that don't seem to grow well the first few years take off at a
> later date? Do you think transplanting these trees to a different location
> might be worth trying?
> We want to add several other pears this year: Nova, Manning-Miller,
> Southworth, Summercrisp and Stacey. Any comments pro or con on these
> varieties? Three are self-fertile, which is something I prefer having
> spotty luck with getting things going (at least there is HOPE that some
> fruit will come at some point!) Fireblight is an issue here. We are in
> zone 5b/6 in SE Ohio.
> Thanks for any help.
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