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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.
Flordahome Pear - Semi-dwarf
Low chill pear from Florida. Sweet, smooth textured and juicy. Harvest July/August in southern California. Early bloom. Zones 6 to 10. 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. Zones 4 to 9. 800 hrs. Available on OHxF333.
Kieffer Pear - Semi-dwarf
Medium to large pear with greenish yellow skin blushed red. Flesh is crisp and juicy with sprightly flavor and coarse texture. Stores well. Tree is highly resistant to damage from extreme hot or cold temperatures, also resistant to fireblight. Use for cooking and canning. Dependable crops. Ripens September to October. Zones 5 to 10. 2-300 hrs. Self-fruitful. Available on OHxF333.