[NAFEX] Asian pear recommendation
lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Wed Nov 10 12:34:33 EST 2004
At 10:04 AM 11/10/2004 -0500, David wrote:
>I'd love to hear what others think of their Asian pears. How about
>fireblight resistance? The Kent Whealy/Seed Savers Exchange book often
>mentions fireblight susceptibility of European pear varieties, but rarely of
>the Asian pears.
I had pretty significant fireblight infection on Korean Giant about 3 years
ago, but pruned it out, and it's regrown and fruited moderately since
then. I've been somewhat disappointed with KG, overall. It produced maybe
a dozen pears this year, of lesser quality than Chojuro & Shinko, and for
the previous 4-5 years, produced at most 2 pears, when the others were loaded.
No significant FB damage on any of my other Asians, but the fruit
specialists at the U of KY Ag Experiment station, located 30 miles NW of
me, recommended against Hosui, as their experience indicated that FB would
eat it alive.
I grafted one anyway.
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