Friend has two healthy asian pear trees that produced for a couple of years and then quit. They flower heavily every spring, but no pears. There is a Bartlett nearby, but it blooms later than the asians. he was going on about grafting something yesterday afternoon...not sure this is a good idea myself. So...anybody familiar with this type of pear and what makes a good pollinator? Looked on the web and some not so useful info so far....thanks.
Are you short bees. Too dry too wet. I had no fruit set on this year. No do not have ansian pear. Bartlett, apricot, plums . apple. Feeding it? Apple tree died and I see a batch of plums did too. Lack of water.
Asian pears; must have 1200 to 1500 chilling hour aT BELOW 45. zONE 5 TO 8 HAVE TO BE THINNED, 2 HALF STRENGTH FeEDING BEFORE one growth starts, other when fruit starts, Not realible self pollenating plant several varieties or grafted tree with several varieties on it. And bees.
This came from a Martha Stewtart article on them. They are newer and I am sure not listed in my old books. I bought one at store to taste and it tasted awful and no could eat. I had never heard of chill hours before a woman in Tx said that she had to watch to get fruit trees on the chill hours. Here we get plenty of chill hours. I presume store one been had picked greenish and not on tree long enough I would say. I know you pick bartlett pears before they ripen as I have pick bushels for canning years back. Orchard owner said. Then they ripen. I have never grown asian pears and my bartlett is small and different thing.
Last Edit: Dec 22, 2011 12:13:12 GMT -8 by Colorado
Thanks Spuds and Colorado. I found a site finally(quite near here actually)called BurntRidge Nursery that lists pollinators for Asian pears by variety. Some are indeed self pollinating, but many are not. Good to learn things. I tried one once-I don't like the flavor much-reminded me of an pear that was wanting to be an apple-kinda perfumey somehow. i like the old bartlett a lot better. Just me. And yes, we are VERY short of bees anymore.
Your friend with the grove probably has a more stable strain of the tree than what is offered these days. I think my friend said his were six years old-I bet they are some hybrid or other and may have just reverted to the root stock. Hard to say. Hope your friend's grove pulls through okay. They tried mason bees here a few years ago. Too wet I think. I don't know of any of the attempts that made it.
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