[NAFEX] pears with thorns?

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Tue Jun 3 14:20:00 EDT 2003

Many 'wild' and seedling pears have thorns - some quite substantial, 
too.  Many of the clonal rootstocks, since they're maintained in a 
constant, vigorous, juvenile state of growth, are quite thorny in their own 

I'm not surprised that your 7 yr. seedling hasn't fruited yet - the old 
adage was: "Plant pears, plant for your heirs" - a testament both to the 
long juvenile period a seedling pear has to grow through to reach fruiting 
age, as well as their potential for a lengthy lifespan.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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