[NAFEX] Pear tree size and crop
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Sat Apr 4 11:55:29 EDT 2009
I lost the Luscious that I planted to fireblight in their first year
I have one Kiefer that I maintain in the way that Claude describes & I
agree its pretty easy to manage the size. I'm guessing it puts out
more than 10 bushels (tho it does tend to crop in a 2 cycle—more one
year, less the following year). Kiefer is a dessert pear, hard skin,
a bit bitter, sweet & fragrant on this inside with a bit of the
dessert pear grit... I do eat a lot of them out of hand but tend to
peel them first. I also put up 10 gallons of perry from the same tree
On Apr 4, 2009, at 9:31 AM, Claude Jolicoeur wrote:
> Most hardy pear trees will grow big if you don't control them. But
> they are
> quite easily manageable. Once they have reached the maximum height you
> want, you simply cut back the year's growth. Same principle for the
> dimension. I maintain my trees at about 4m high by 4 across without
> much difficulty.
> There are very few hardy pears that will keep more than a month.
> is early and will keep maybe 2 weeks, Luscious maybe 1 month. Patten
> Flemish Beauty a little longer. The first pears will be edible
> beginning of
> September, and the last ones will have to be eaten, processed or be
> lost by
> end of October... Which leaves a fairly short season - hence the
> not to plant too many trees.
> A 07:57 09.04.04 -0400, vous avez écrit :
> A while back, Claude made some excellent suggestions for pears for
> my zone.
> I am now considering getting 2 trees, however space always being
> tight in
> my overcrowded yard I would like them to not be too big.
> As I am looking for good keepers I was thinking Luscious. However
> on the
> internet I have found sites stating it can grow up to 15m(45ft) with a
> 10m(30ft) spread, and others stating that it grows to 5m(15ft) by
> I have read that Northbrite is a small tree (but have not found any
> dimensions), so I've been considering that.
> Claude warned me about the size of crops, I can't visualize whether
> 2 trees
> would give me far too may pears to keep through the winter for my
> If one tree would be more than enough I could go with grafting
> varieties on to a smaller tree as Claude suggested (this is
> hypothetical as
> I have no grafting experience).
> If anyone can clarify the sizes of the trees and the typical yield I
> be grateful.
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