[NAFEX] Pears are Early

Elizabeth Hilborn ehilborn at mebtel.net
Mon Aug 15 08:12:28 EDT 2011

I have the same observation with my pears here. I have harvested all but 
the Keiffers.  I also have apples falling off the trees with fully brown 
seeds that normally ripen in September.

However, it has been slim pickings this year because squirrels have 
discovered my orchard. I am still planning my defensive strategy.

Betsy Hilborn
7a Central NC

On 8/14/2011 11:53 AM, nottke1 wrote:
> Bird pecks appeared on the pears about two weeks early this year, Aug 11 vs a "normal" Sept 1.
> So yesterday I harvested all my pears.  Ayers, Asian pears (all varieties), "apple pears", and Bartlett types all had dark brown to black seeds.  Only Kieffer still had pale colored seeds and were still very hard.
> The damaged pears were pared and sauteed - only took about 15 minutes for all to get soft, so they were ready to be harvested.
> Jim Nottke
> Zone 7
> Pfafftown, North Carolina

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