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Bare Root Pears
Pear trees have a vertical growth pattern and Asian pears are very similar to European pears. When training your tree, it is possible to spread the branches in a more horizontal pattern by gently staking them. They also make excellent espaliers (see our Gardening Guide article on espaliers). The leaves of the pear tree are a dark shiny green, somewhat smaller than the Asian pear. They produce white blossoms in the spring. Pears prefer well-drained loamy soil, but they can handle heavy soil better than most other fruit trees.
Unlike most other fruit, pears do not ripen well on the tree. Pick them when they are full size but firm. The stem should snap off easily when you hold the pear horizontally to the ground. Store in a cool, dark place till ripe. Bosc, D’Anjou and Comice should be in cold storage (32 to 40 degrees) for a month and then left to ripen at room temperature.
Bartlett Pear - Semi-dwarf
World's most popular pear. Large, golden yellow fruit has smooth skin and classic pear shape. Flesh is white, juicy and smooth with a pleasant touch of tartness. Good fresh, for canning and preserves. High quality fruit tolerates hot summers. Ripens mid August. 5-600 hrs. Self-fruitful in arid west; elsewhere, pollenized by Bosc, D'Anjou, Winter Nelis. Available on OHxF333.
California Pear - Semi-dwarf
Cross between Max Red Bartlett and Comice. Excellent quality pear; very productive. Yellowish green with red blush. Good pear for hot climates. Ripens over a period of weeks in August; quality improves with storage. 5-600 hrs. Self-fruitful. Pat. No. 3599. Available on OHXF333.
Comice Pear - Semi-dwarf ON SALE!
The gift pack pear. Sweet, aromatic, with fine texture, superb flavor and quality - one of the best. Short neck, greenish yellow skin with red blush. Late September/early October harvest. 600 hours. Self-fruitful in most climates of western U.S. or plant with Bartlett. Available on OHxF333.
D'Anjou Pear - Semi-dwarf
Large, short necked, firm, good quality pear; keeps well. Harvest September 1st, one month after Bartlett. 800 hrs. Pollenized by Bartlett. Available on OHxF333.
Flordahome Pear - Semi-dwarf ON SALE!
Low chill pear from Florida. Sweet, smooth textured and juicy. Harvest July/August in southern California. Early bloom. Chill requirement is less than 400 hrs. Best with pollenizer - Hood is recommended, but Pineapple should also work. Avaliable on OHxF333.
Harrow Delight Pear - Semi-dwarf
Fireblight resistant with fruit similiar to Bartlett. Yellow skin with attractive red blush. Smooth, fine flesh is especially flavorful. Ripens two weeks before Bartlett. Heavy bearing tree. Interfruitful with Bartlett, Bosc, D'Anjou and Moonglow. 800 hrs. Available on OHxF333.
Seckel (Sugar) Pear - Semi-dwarf ON SALE!
Connoisseur's favorite. Sweet, flavorful, aromatic, spicy pear, perhaps the best. Russetted brown skin. Resists fireblight. One of the most cold hardy. Ripens in August. 500 hours.; full crop 800 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF 333.
Southern Bartlett Pear - Semi-dwarf
Variety was discovered on an old Louisiana homestead and is thought to be a chance sport of Bartlett. Tree tends to grow in a spreading pattern. Moderate resistance to fireblight. Ripens early to mid August. 300 to 400 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
Warren Pear - Semi-dwarf
Excellent quality dessert pear and highly resistant to fireblight. Medium to large, long necked fruit with pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Smooth flesh (no grit cells) is juicy and buttery with superb flavor. Good keeper. Cold hardy to -20 degrees F. Ripens in mid August. 600 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.
4-N-1 Disease Resistant Pear
Warren, Kieffer, Harrow Delight and Blake's Pride (all of these four) grafted onto one tree. Available on OHxF333.