Pears

Pears are probably the most carefree and easiest of the tree fruits to grow. Even if never sprayed for disease or pests, they generally still produce a good crop with minimal insect or disease damage.

Some varieties are somewhat self fertile, but will always produce heavier crops if two different varieties are planted near each other.

All of these pears are on semi-dwarf (10′-15′) and large growing (15′-20′) tall root stocks.   Pears are quite adaptable to soil types, and will grow well anywhere from light ground to heavy clay. They also will grow in soil that is wetter than other fruit trees will tolerate.

We offer both European and Asian varieties, so there should be something here for everyone. European pears are the traditional looking fruit that softens up when ripe and are very sweet and juicy. Asian pears are round in shape, the yellowish to butterscotch colored fruit is often covered with a rough brown russet, and even when ripe the very juicy flesh remains crisp.. They are often sold in grocery stores as pear apples, and are quite expensive. Asian pears generally begin bearing fruit after 2-3 years.  Asian pears require pollination from another variety, so plant a different variety nearby.      

  Pears should be planted 10-20 feet apart depending on root stock.

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Anjou – is a large green, short necked pear that is very common in grocery stores. Flesh is very juicy, sweet, and excellent for all uses. They also store for long periods of time.  Trees are vigorous growing, very productive, and early to begin bearing fruit.  Also known as D’anjou, and originated in France over 200 years ago. 

                                                                                                         On semi-dwarf (10′-15′) and large (15′-20′) rootstock                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ripens in late September – late October

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Bartlett – This is the best know of all pears. It is all green, juicy, sweet, and if thinned properly, achieves a large size. Bartlett is excellent for canning and all other purposes.  You just can’t go wrong with this one that’s widely grown around the country for it’s excellent quality fruit and high productivity. Somewhat self fertile but a more consistent producer with another variety planted nearby.                                            

                                                                                                          On semi-dwarf(10′-15′) and large (15′-20′) rootstock

                                                                                                                                                 Ripens in early September .

Bosc – a very late ripening. long necked pear covered completely by a brown russet skin. Bosc has fine grained juicy flesh with a perfume scent, and an unforgettable flavor.  I consider Bosc to be the best fresh eating pear of all. Bosc fruit will keep for very long periods in refrigeration, usually until late winter or spring.  Trees are kind of slow growing, but very productive. It originated in Europe over 200 years ago, and is still one of the most popular varieties in grocery stores.             

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                                                                                                                                Ripens late September – mid October 

  

Potomac – is a great variety that ripens in early fall. The fruit is medium size with a short neck similar to the Anjou pear, which is one of its parents. Fruit is very sweet and juicy and good for all uses. Potomac is very resistant to fireblight, so is a good organic choice. Trees are strong growing and productive.  SOLD OUT      

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Ripens late September-early October

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Shenandoah – this later ripening pear closely resembles Bartlett in shape, grows larger in size, and matures a month later. The sweet, juicy, and fine grained flesh of Shenandoah is excellent for all uses, and stores very well. This variety is quite resistant to fireblight, so is great for organic growers.  A great choice for food plots also.

                                                                                                           On semi dwarf (10′-15′) and large(15′-20′) rootstock

Ripens late September into mid October

Sunrise – is a very early pear that ripens in mid August. Attractive fruit is sweet and juicy, and ripens to a soft yellow with some red blush. They are great for fresh eating, pies and sauce, and will keep in refrigeration for a couple of months This variety is very resistant to fireblight, which can be a serious issue and kill pear and apple trees in short order.    Sunrise is a great season opener!

On semi dwarf (10′-15′) rootstock

Ripens in mid August

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                                                                                     Asian Pears

 Kosui – this medium sized variety is a great season opener for Asian pear fans. Fruit is yellow with some russeting, and flesh is very sweet and juicy with a nice crispness. Not a long keeping variety like Olympic Giant, but they are so delicious, long term storage will not be an issue. Trees have good winter hardiness, and begin producing in a couple of years.  Pollinate with Olympic Giant.    SOLD OUT

Ripens early September. 

On large growing rootstock reaching 15′-20′ tall

Olympic Giant – this is an Asian variety that is very popular in grocery stores. They are often called apple pears, and are very large, round, russeted, and retain a crisp and juicy texture even when fully ripe.  They need pollination from another Asian pear variety or Bartlett to set fruit.  Olympic Giant fruit stores well for long periods. Tree has very good cold hardiness, and is a great food plot pear variety.    SOLD OUT

                                                                                                                                   On large (15′-20′) growing rootstock

        Ripens in mid September to mid October

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Last Modified on February 12, 2024
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