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  • From: Louis Pittman <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Kieffer pear - early season bearer?
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:15:16 -0600

While mislabeling can happen even at the best of nurseries, and it's worse
at places like TyTY - I've gotten more than one tree from a reputable
source that turned out not to be 'as labeled' - I would suspect that you
probably got the real deal from Starks.
If you'd been buying a 'Bartlett' at Lowe's, for instance, I wouldn't at
all be surprised - if it lived -10 years down the road, to find out that it
turned out to be Kieffer. lol.

Did the fruit match up with photos and descriptions of what Kieffer fruit
should be like?
No fruit here this year, and my own Keiffer trees are not yet bearing here,
so I can't attest to harvest period... but almost nothing here is later
than early September... and if it is, the European hornets eat it before
any chance of it ripening on the tree.

Lucky Pittman
Hopkinsville, KY

On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 10:33 AM Elizabeth Hilborn <>

> Hi folks,
> My Kieffer pear has not borne fruit for years due to a lack of
> pollinators. But this year, Carpenter bees and some miner bees helped us
> out. Our Kieffer tree bore a bumper crop in 2020.
> But this is my question: Now that I seek to buy a second Kieffer, the
> variety descriptions all state that they ripen in October, some say into
> November.
> In my orchard in 2020, the pears ripened in August-early September right
> after Harrow Delight and before Potomac.
> What gives? I bought this tree from Stark Brothers about 17 years ago. I
> had not noticed this discrepancy before. Are there different varieties
> of 'sand pears' called 'Kieffer' circulating out there?
> Thanks for any insight on this.
> Elizabeth Hilborn
> Zone 7a, central NC
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