[NAFEX] Pear Ripening (Core Rot)
hartmansfruittrees at wport.com
Thu Aug 5 15:05:37 EDT 2004
Pear ripening experts:
I know that it is recommended to pick late summer/fall ripening pears before they are ripe and if you don't you
have a chance of having the core rot. I usually check into picking when the pears start to drop (not preharvest
drop) and also when they start to turn from a green to a slight lightening to yellow. This has worked great for
most varieties. But for some it is difficult to tell for sure. I had some Ubileen pears on my trees for the
first time this year and when I went to cut them open most all of them had the core rot. I have problems with
Clapps Favorite in some years doing the same thing.
Are there any cultural considerations to keep in mind? Any fertilizers and/or trace elements? What are your
suggestions and experiences? On some varieties I rarely ever have any core rot.
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