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  • From: "Dr. Lucky Pittman" <>
  • To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Fire blight in Tenn
  • Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 08:32:25 -0500


I’ve not noticed any FB in my orchard, but I’ve been too busy to actually get out there in the last week or three.  It’d have to be pretty bad for me to notice it from the house or driveway.

I know there are folks who sing the praises of Korean Giant, but for me, it was a dog.  Rarely set more than two or three fruits, and they would be big beautiful juicy things with no flavor,  kinda like eating a big watery raw potato.

I didn’t shed many tears over it when I lost the constant battle against fireblight with it.



From: [] On Behalf Of Kieran and/or Donna
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 10:21 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Fire blight in Tenn


I've got fire blight down here.  Not exactly sure why, it seems to have gotten started during a dry spell, and the weather was quite dry while the trees were blooming.  One thing is for sure, Korean Giant pear is NOT resistant to fire blight.  Lucky in Hopkinsville KY and someone in Chattanooga have both told me that theirs died to the ground from blight.  Mine bloomed nicely this year, but most of the fruit spurs have blighted.  I've been pulling them off and cutting off branches, I'd like a real crop before it dies.  It's grafted about 3 ft high and there's a branch I've already grafted something else to. 

    A number of my apples have the blight too.  I really thought I'd have a crop this year.  Now I wonder what my trees will look like when it's done.  Donna

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