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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.
Bosc Pear - Semi-dwarf
Long and narrow shape, brown skin. Superb quality pear, one of the best. Harvest mid to late September. Use fresh/cooked. Susceptible to fireblight in warm, moist climates. 5-600 hrs. Pollenized by Bartlett or other pear. Available on OHxF333.
Comice Pear - Semi-dwarf
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.
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.
Orient Pear - Semi-dwarf
Beautiful large, nearly round fruit with shiny yellow skin and red blush. Flesh is firm and juicy with mild flavor. Used mainly for canning. Fireblight resistant. Introduced in 1945. Large, vigorous tree, heavy producer. Better with a pollenizer; interfruitful with Kieffer and Moonglow. Ripens in August. 350 hours. Available on OHxF333.
Potomac Pear - Semi-dwarf
Moonglow x Buerre D'Anjou. Ripens to a light green. Flesh texture is moderately fine and buttery. Pleasingly subacid flavor with mild aroma. Tree shows more resistance to fireblight than Seckel. Developed by the USDA and Ohio State University. Ripens mid August/September. 800 hrs. Pollenizer required. Available on OHxF333.
Seckel (Sugar) Pear - Semi-dwarf
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.
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.