[NAFEX] pears with thorns?

Richard O'Barr aatopgunaa at mindspring.com
Tue Jun 3 22:38:56 EDT 2003

Will grafting the juvenile sprout onto an old bearing pear make it bear
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lucky Pittman" <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 1:20 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] pears with thorns?

> Jeff,
> 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
> right.
> 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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