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    gullivar33 is offline Seedling
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    As i am new to this site i hope you get the idea i am looking for ! I have a gourmande pear tree 4 years old last year i had six blossom flowers on it so i thought i will give it another year ,this year it was wonderful full of blossom now the flowers have gone and all i keep finding onthe ground are the stems of the pears hardly any left now , is it worth while having these new types of pear or just stick to the good old conferance very frustrating : thank you

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    Not just me then! I've been giving a Gourmande just another year for at least ten years now. It grows about an inch a year and has stuck at 6ft, sometimes has a smattering of blossom and has never set any fruit. There are several other pears of the same age nearby, which are now about 15 ft tall and give me barrowloads of fruit. They are Comice and Concord, a bit further away are Jargonelle, Louise Bonne, Nouveau Poiteau and an asian pear Shinseiki planted two years ago and setting a good crop

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    Help please I have a few Gourmande pears had the tree four years these are my first fruit they are big pears but like rock what is the best way to keep them to get them ripe , thanks

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    I have loads of blossom on my tree but to help it along i was going to get a brush and help it along by swapping the pollen , now is all pollen yellow or can it be different colour

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    All pollen of the same species will be the same colour, so all pear pollen will be the same colour. You can only pollinate a pear flower with pollen from another pear flower.

    And no, different flowers have different coloured pollen. There's a rather nice chart thingy here

    Pollen Chart - Sheffield Beekeepers' AssociationSheffield Beekeepers' Association

    Pear is the golden orange colour in the second column from the left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mothhawk View Post
    You can only pollinate a pear flower with pollen from another pear flower.
    To clarify: pollen needs to be from the flowers of a different variety, preferably unrelated.
    A few varieties are partially self-fertile but crops are likely to be heavier and higher quality when cross-pollinated by a different variety.
    A self-fertile or part-self-fertile variety doesn't need the pollen to come from a different flower; a flower can potentially pollinate itself with its own pollen.
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    Has anybody had agourmande pear tree ? i have had one nearly 5 years it gets loads of flowers , it now has 4 pears and they are like bullets hard as hell , i think it time to take it out any body else had trouble ?

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    Are you sure it is not 6 years old gourmande pear

    Sorry I am not much help I have only heard of this pear from a few threads on here.
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