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  • beth

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  • beurre hardy

    1 14.29%
  • black worcester

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  • clapps favourite

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  • concorde

    1 14.29%
  • conference

    3 42.86%
  • doyenne du comice

    0 0%
  • durondeac

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  • humbug

    0 0%
  • invincible

    0 0%
  • josephine de malines

    0 0%
  • louise bonne of jersey

    0 0%
  • merton pride

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  • moonglow

    0 0%
  • onward

    0 0%
  • sensation

    0 0%
  • williams bon chretien

    2 28.57%
  • winter nelis

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    genovise is offline Germinator
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    Hi all, I decided to create a poll on all the available pear trees that i know are available. To aid people when making choices about what pear tree to buy.
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    Feel free to put why you recommend your chosen variety and please put if you find that you are having any issues in your particular area growing your chosen variety.

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    None of the above, but of the above list, I'd choose Williams - or at least the taste of the Williams pears grown in my conditions.

    In my soil and climate (mild and dry, with infertile shallow soil): Doyenne D'Ete on a pear rootstock produces fruits of outstanding flavour; the finest (and earliest) pears I have ever encountered. It's also a heavy cropper, crops very early in life, and will bear a regular crop of large quantities of pest and disease-free, golf-ball-sized fruits, on both spurs and tips.
    Shelf life is just a few days (perhaps a week at most) before the fruit turns into the texture of coarsely-mashed potato with a fermented taste.

    Note that I emphasise a mild and fairly dry climate as that's where pears are at their best.

    Unless the growing conditions are good; Quince rootstocks produce fruit of a lower quality than pear-derived rootstocks such as Pyrus, Pyrodwarf, wild pear or pear seedling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genovise View Post
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    I've heard tell that Comice is widely regarded as the finest flavored pear, yet does not have the reliability of, for example, conference. As with everything though, personal opinion and taste hold a great swing on preference - so this certainly isn't definitively the case.

    My only understanding of pears comes from my granddads Conference pear on Quince A in his back garden. It always tasted (and still does taste) fantastic - although there's undoubtedly a large degree of sentimentality associated with that taste.

    I have recently purchased (from the indirect advice of one Stephen Hayes in one of his videos) a Concorde Pear tree on Quince C rootstock. Apparently it keeps the taste of Comice, yet the reliability of Conference is there too (they're it parents). It's being delivered in November, and the first pears will arrive in two years time - perhaps I'll be of more help then? Sorry!

    However, FB.'s opinion always holds great sway with my opinions - he seems an inexhaustible treasure trove of reliable information and whether naive or not, I certainly place great importance upon his opinions and advice. He will most certainly have a far greater understanding of what influences the taste, growth, etc of pears.

    So, sadly, I can't honestly state which I would recommend through personal experience, yet I've purchased a Concorde based upon others experience with its taste and reliability. Honestly though, a large part of me wants to buy a Comice as much as a part of me wants to buy a Cox's Orange Pippin - just to see what the fuss is about!

    I'm more confused at the end of this post than I was at the start!
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    Williams BC for me, although DdC is popular with me too. I can't stand Conference.
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    I bought a conference pear tree on rootstock quince A which is a standard sized tree last year. It fruited for the first time this year and it had 3 big pears on it.

    I was waiting with anticipation to actually harvest the fruit. However all the anticipation was in vain as all 3 pears withered and died and rotted on me before i could get them of the tree talk about gutted.

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    I would have liked a concorde pear tree Garden Chris but it does nothing but rain here in Greater Manchester so i think pear scab and fire blight would be a big problem for me.

    I would have loved to have a williams pear tree FB and Virginveggrower but i didn't want to take the risk of relying on the next door neighbors pear tree to pollinate it.

    A year on from buying the conference pear tree it seems i made the right choice as my next door neighbour has chopped their pear tree down now.
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    Oops! Pears do grow large and you've got to have a fair sized garden to grow them unless you espalier in some way. Shame you can't have two. The WBC is a beautiful flavour.
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