[NAFEX] Pear recommendations for a single home tree?

Jay Cutts orders at cuttsreviews.com
Thu Sep 15 14:47:57 EDT 2011


Thanks, Sam.

That kind of info is somewhat helpful. We've got tough conditions here 
and I'm always willing to try something new that might have a chance.

Regards,

Jay

Jay Cutts
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On 9/15/2011 11:57 AM, Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) wrote:
> Jay, you probably already know about his NMSU publication about fruit cultivars for New Mexico, but in case you don't, see http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h/h-310.pdf . -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Douglas Woodard
> Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 12:49 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pear recommendations for a single home tree?
>
> Jay, where do you plan to grow this pear? What are the conditions? I
> gather you have land in two areas.
>
> Clapp's is a couple of weeks earlier than Bartlett, a nice big pear,
> good quality, fairly coldhardy, not a keeper, highly vulnerable to
> fireblight. It is grown to some extent commercially here; a saleable
> pollinator. It is grown with Flemish Beauty (big, very high fresh
> quality but fireblight prone, flavour does not survive heating; dries
> well, picks late Sept. here) near Brockville in the St. Lawrence valley
> a little downstream from Lake Ontario; just a little too cold for
> Northern Spy apple.
>
> Among somewhat earlier pears, a friend raved about Beurre Precoce
> Morettini in the Vineland collection, although from what I hear I think
> it takes fireblight at least as readily as Bartlett.
>
> Some years ago I identified locally two trees of what I think were
> Tyson, and was most impressed with the fresh eating quality; did not try
> preserving. They bore well with apparently no/minimal care, about 50
> yards from an old commercial orchard (Bartlett with Duchesse D'Angouleme
> pollinators). Tyson is reputed fairly cold-hardy and highly resistant to
> fireblight. Picks about three days before Bartlett. Rather small
> unthinned but not much worse than the nearby Bartlett. Trees available
> from St. Lawrence Nursery
> http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us
> Judging from "The Pears of New York," Hedrick had a high opinion of Tyson.
>
> Among Bartlett competitors I believe Sirrine, Sierrra and Highland (the
> latter a Geneva Station cultivar) seem well regarded. Bierschmidt has
> been spoken of very highly by NAFEX members, very thin skinned and does
> not ship, Bartlett seedling, more cold hardy and more resistant to
> fireblight.
>
> Luscious is said to be a little smaller than Bartlett, a little better
> flavoured, bred at Brookings, South Dakota.
>
> Bosc is the number 2 commercial pear here; fireblight prone and not too
> coldhardy, but very nice fresh quality, productive, good size.
>
> Two or three years back in the archives you will find a discussion of
> the Harrow pears. You could do worse considering their fireblight
> resistance; one at least seems well regarded for quality. I see the
> Fluffy One likes Harvest Queen.
>
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
>
>
> On 9/14/2011 8:12 PM, Jay Cutts wrote:
>> Here's what I've found out so far about pears.  Lon - thanks for the
>> recommendation of Seckel
>>
>> Looks like most pears require a pollinator, so the idea of a single pear
>> tree is out.  According to some sources (MIller's Nursery) Seckel
>> actually requires TWO different varieties other than itself. Anyone have
>> actual experience with this?
>>
>> I'm looking at a variety called Clapp's Favorite. It fruits a month
>> earlier than pears such as Seckel and Beurre D'Anjou and yet apparently
>> can pollinate and be pollinated by these. Has anyone grown or eaten a
>> Clapp's? I'm wondering if it is great for fresh eating.
>>
>> So I'm torn between trying to go with Seckel and only one other
>> pollinator and have all my pear trees ripen at the same time (or else
>> have Seckel not fruit at all) or to go with Clapp's and DAnjou and have
>> the season spread out. Danjou looks like it is good for storage though,
>> so I could keep those maybe for a number of months.
>>
>> Help! Have I missed any other great pears?
>>
>> I'm glad you guys understand this fruit thing.  I could never explain
>> this to my friends, let alone get any sympathy!
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Jay
>>
>> Jay Cutts
>> Director, Cutts Graduate Reviews
>> Lead Author, Barron's Test Prep Publications
>> 800-353-4898 day or eve, 7 days
>> (In NM, 505-281-0684)
>>
>>
>>
>> On 9/14/2011 2:33 PM, Lon J. Rombough wrote:
>>> The old Seckel is outstanding for fresh eating and the fruit is colorful.
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