[NAFEX] European Pear Flavor and Rootstocks

Douglas Woodard dwoodard at becon.org
Tue Sep 29 14:21:42 EDT 2009

I have no personal experience but it's the traditional, accepted wisdom 
among British gardeners that pears generally give better flavour on quince.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario

> I have had some varieties of pears which ripened on OHXF333 and in 
> another season ripened on a quince rootstock and the pears ripened on 
> the quince rootstock had far better flavor.  Has it just been a fluke or 
> possibly the season that caused that occurrence?  I never had them on 
> the different rootstocks on the same year.  It has always be on 
> different years so I don't know.  For me this has happened with Harrow 
> Delight, Highland, Gorham, and Sierra.  Has anyone else had similar results?
> Thanks,
> Bob
> Western Washington

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