[NAFEX] Moonglow pear

Ernest Plutko ernestplutko at wiktel.com
Sun May 11 11:05:16 EDT 2008

Pears need two varieties to pollinate.  I understand pear pollen is
often scanty and not too attractive to bees.  If any bees are left. 
Plant trees fairly close together.  zone 2-3 Minnesota   

---- Original Message ----
From: rckjacobs at yahoo.com
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Moonglow pear
Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 02:45:25 -0700 (PDT)

>Well, I think some growers may not have access to the net, or time to
>surf it. While surfing, I heard of the Summercrisp  as soon as I
>started to look into pears for my zone 4b. Also found a nursery
>nearby that was going to carry it. But I just put in a Moonglow pear
>and  now am wondering if I need a Summercrisp or something to
>pollinate it. As a first year rookie urban orchardist, Im learning a
>lot from you all. Thanks 
>  Rick Jacobs  Minneapolis N.E.
>Ernest Plutko <ernestplutko at wiktel.com> wrote:
>  I have a Summercrisp pear that fruited last August for the first
>time. Just a few pears but it pollinated itself because there is no
>other pear tree around. Read on Net that this happens occasionally
>to a limited extent with lone pears. Went to one summer nursery and
>was told there is no such thing as a Summercrisp pear tree. Second
>nursery told me they never heard of Summercrisp and Golden Spice pear
>would not grow in this zone. (Golden Spice is hardy to -45 F). I
>called and found a nursery that sells Golden Spice pear and I also
>hope to get a Westcot apricot. 200 mile round trip but it is worth
>it. I was really surprised last Fall when I saw pears on tree. I
>forgot I had it. I finally remembered buying it about 9-10 years ago
>in Mora, Minnesota
>Zone 2-3 Minnesota
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