[NAFEX] Pollen and Warren Pear

Edgar Nutans marillen at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 5 19:00:21 EST 2002


That is on p. 48 of the 2003 "Trees of Antiquity" catalog.  

Thanks to all for clearing this up.  

Edgar
fuwa fuwa usagi wrote:

>It was written:
>
>As I pored over nursery catalogs lately, I noticed that one catalog 
>claims that 'Warren' pear is self-pollinating.  Is this true?  Does it 
>actually set good crops by itself?  (I have a small yard).
>
>My reply:
>
>Warren is not self fertile.  In fact, like Magness it has such weak scent that insects are attracted to about everything else.
>
>For those whom would be content with just a few Warren pears I have two suggestions.  One espalier the darn tree and then use a paintbrush to hand pollinate it.  Or, train a six arm palmette form of espalier and graft 3 different varieties, Warren in the middle.   I did this and it was going very well until the animals girdled the tree at the snow line.   i imagine a triple "u" espalier would work as well.
>
>I mention this because I tried the multiple graft "tree" approach with Warren and Magness.   This simply does not work very well as the insects avoid the Magness/Warren part of the tree.   However by sandwiching the Magness/Warren in a tight espalier form the insects seem to stumble over them on their way the other varieties flowers.
>
>Once again, the home grower is presented with viable options that are simply not practical for a commercial orchard.
>
>By the by, what catalog was this?   This is a very big error.   
>
>All the best,
>
>the fluffy(supremely confident in his masculinity)bunny
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