[nafex] Name that pear

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Mon May 14 08:04:57 EDT 2001


Last summer my neighbor asked if I wanted a good sized dwarf apple tree in
his backyard, that he was going to take down.  The tree was there when he 
bought the house.  I agreed to move the fruit tree instead.

In summer I root pruned it with a shovel all the way around, and as deep
as the shovel would go, 18" out from the trunk.  I then pruned the top 
of the tree back by 1/3rd.  Since it was so wet/rainy last year, I did not
have to water it.  This was to prepare it for the move in the fall.

When the tree had gone dormant in the fall I took a rootball as big as 4
people could carry.  First trenching around the tree outside the root
pruning circle, and then undermining the tree.  So I had a ball 36" across
and 18" deep.  This was wrapped in burlap and then tightly wrapped with
rope/chicken wire.

Each person took a corner and lifted the tree out of the hole, and placed
it on a tarp, which we slid across the lawn.  I was lucky enough to have a
loader tractor with a wooden pallet waiting to transport to the orchard,
but a pickup truck would do.

We then planted in a nearby orchard. and I wrapped the tree from the
ground up with feed bags cut into 4" strips.  The wrapping was done after
I sprayed it with antidesicant spray.  The spray and wrap were to prevent
water loss.  And the tree was well staked.  The trunk and all main
branches were wrapped  (to a height about 6' up from the ground).

I watered it weekly with 25-30 gallons of water for a month or two until
the snows set in.  Used a plastic trash barrel to move the water into the

The tree is flowering heavily this year, and although I will remove the
fruit this year (let roots grow), I know it will survive.

So once you know your variety, place and advertisement in your local
paper, looking for a fruit tree looking for a new home.  There are a lot
of Home Depot trees, with yuppie owners who no longer want them and would
pay you to take them away.

Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Sun, 13 May 2001, Ginda Fisher wrote:

> My father has fond memories of a small, hard, sweet pear that grew in
> his yard in Boston 60 years ago.  Any guesses what it might have been?
> Also, can bearing age pears be purchased and successfully transplanted? 
> We're thinking of planting a pear in his yard, but saplings take ages to
> bear, and he's old enough that time is worth more than money.
> Thanks,
> Ginda
> eastern Mass., zone 6
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