[NAFEX] cold-hardy pear question
loneroc at mwt.net
Wed Aug 11 19:34:46 EDT 2004
My Nova was badly damaged at -43 F or so. The crotches and trunk seem less
hardy than the branches. Perhaps top-working it onto a hardier scaffold
would help here in zone 3. I've not done that yet--there just isn't time in
Steve Herje, Lone Rock, WI USDA zone 3
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lucky Pittman" <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 4:45 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] cold-hardy pear question
> This request for information has been hanging out at one of the forums I
> frequent for a few days. Thought maybe some of you folks up the real
> frigid north could shed some light or make some suggestions.
> "I am interested in some of the pear varieties offered by St. Lawrence
> Nursery, a nursery that specializes in cold-hardy pears. I haven't heard
> any of their varieties, although I know the nursery enjoys an excellent
> reputation. Has anyone had any experience with 'Nova' or any of their
> varieties? I need, in order of importance:
> 1. Generally robust tree, but not necessarily fire-blight resistant. (not
> problem around here).
> 2. Excellent, melting eating quality, i.e. no canning expected.
> 3. Attractive appearance, especially in bloom an in fall foliage.
> 3. Fairly, but not hugely cold-hardy.
> 4. Late bloom desirable, although I know there isn't much to choose from
> with pears. "
> Thanks for your input...
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