[NAFEX] Pears and fireblight

Deb S debs913 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 15:17:20 EST 2011


Hi Michael

I'm using Cummins this year for the first time to get some apple trees and a
peach.  If that goes well, I may try a pear again :)  Thanks!

The goats---better fences, which we are working on :)

deb

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM, Michele Stanton <6ducks at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Deb,
> You might try Cummins nursery.  It sells a number of pears on good
> fireblight resistant rootstock, with cultivars that are also good for
> eastern conditions.
> http://www.cumminsnursery.com/pearroot.htm
>
> Michele
> P.S....  I have no clue what do with the goats:)
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Deb S
> Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:53 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Identifying a pear
>
> Goats are one of my secrets for killing trees.  They got the Comice that
> was
> actually big enough to do something.  The others, well mostly they just
> never grew!  Pears do grow here, I have a neighbor with three large trees
> that produce most years (although last year fireblight really hurt his
> trees).  He's not a fruit person--they were there when he got the place, so
> no info on rootstock.
>
> Varieties I've tried--Ure, Warren, Comice, Atlantic, Magness and several
> others I'd have to look up.  All the pears I've had have been from Raintree
> Nursery--whatever their rootstock is, maybe I need to go somewhere else
> (although I have many other Raintree trees that are doing great).
>
> I'll probably try pears again some day...or maybe graft some known
> varieties
> to my wild tree.
>
> deb
>
> On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM, Kieran &/or Donna
> <holycow at frontiernet.net>wrote:
>
> > Deb,
> >   Kieffers are russetted over green/yellow, and can be gritty, and if
> they
> > overcrop they can be small.  But if the fruit was round, apple shaped, it
> > could be pure or at least nearly pure pyrifolia.  It could be a seedling
> > tree.  I'd be very curious as to what varieties you tried to grow.  Maybe
> > you just needed something a lot more blight resistant than what you
> bought.
> > Or I suppose you could be a bit too far north for calleryana rootstock,
> and
> > all those you planted happened to come on it.  Or you planted dwarf
> trees,
> > on quince, and they died from blight or apple borers.
> >   Actually, I'm not sure I've managed to kill any pears yet, something I
> > might need to be able to do someday in the future.  What's your secret?
> > Donna
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