to our pear collection, Ayers is actually an old southern favorite. The
fruit are yellow with a red blush. The flesh is smooth and melting with
a very sweet flavor. The tree is vigorous, upright and fire blight
resistant. The blooms are partially self-pollinating, but better crops
will develop pollinating with another high chill variety like
Bartlett or Blake's Pride.
Ripens late July to early Aug.
Do you remember having a hard, late season
pear in your grandparent's back yard? Did it make the best preserves?
Well, it was probably a Kieffer. It is a medium to large greenish-yellow
pear, with crisp to hard white flesh. It is great for canning, preserves
and pies. Partially self-pollinating. Very firm keeper.
Ripens late September. Zones 5-9
Are your trees in an area with fire blight –
and who isn’t? Then Magness is surely for you. This greenish-brown pear
has sweet, soft, juicy flesh that is almost free of grit. Tree is
vigorous, spreading and very resistant to fire blight. Magness needs
pollination from other pears, but will not pollinate others. Ripens late
August – early Sept.
large pear that is yellow with a slight red blush. Very smooth flesh,
juicy and excellent mild flavor. Great for fresh eating, cooking or
canning. Good tolerance to fire blight. Ripens mid to late August.
nearly round, firm pear. Flesh is juicy and only moderately gritty.
Partially self-pollinating and a good pollinator for other varieties.
Outstanding fire blight resistance. Recommended variety for Southern States. Ripens early-August. Zones 5-9.
Well suited for
the deep south needing only 150 chill hours and is fire blight resistant. Self pollinating. The fruit is yellow with a red blush on one side, and has a pineapple flavor.
Makes great preserves. Zones 7-9.
This pear sometimes goes by "Sugar Pear"
because of its sugary sweetness. The fruit is small with a rich
yellow-brown skin when ripe. The tree is vigorous, hardy and fire blight
resistant. Ripens early August.
medium size dew-drop shaped pear with smooth but slightly russetted skin.
Flesh is white, smooth and juicy with excellent flavor. Fire blight resistant. Good storage
quality. Ripens mid August. Zones 5-9.
Fresh in the hand, canned in a jar, or made into
preserves, pears are such a sweet juicy treat. Pears need full sun and
moderately fertile soil. Most pears need another variety for cross
pollination. All of our pear varieties will be on a standard rootstock. This
rootstock is widely adaptable to different soil types and varieties. More
dwarfing rootstocks are less accepting of different varieties. A more dwarfing
size can be maintained with proper pruning.
Recommended spacing is 12-15 ft. apart minimum.
Set plants out with our Orchard Starter Tablets, and
in later years avoid over fertilization which can make them more susceptible to
Spray each bloom period with Fire Blight Spray
or Bordeaux Mix to head off any fire blight.
Bearing begins in 2-3 years.
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