Meaning What;942204 Wrote:
> nashi pear or korean pear or asian pear or... the pear is known by many
> names. its home is in asia. its fruit is most delicious. has anyone
> tried raising one?
Yes. But it doesn't do terribly well in my rather dry garden in SE
(I prefer to buy maidens bare-rooted, but this was all I could find
after 2 years of looking). The variety is Shinseiki, which is partially
self fertile, and produces the smooth pale yellow fruits I prefer
(rather than the more rough russet kind). I have a couple of normal
pears nearby, which apparently are sufficient to cross-pollinate, though
not every year do the other ones flower early enough to be effective.
Because the Asians are early flowerers - early April, sometimes even
late March - some years a late frost has destroyed most of the
developing fruit. Also I lost most of the flower buds to the harsh
winters of the last two years - maybe that is a feature of SE Englands
It actually gave me a few fruits first year, just to taste, and then a
few more 2nd year and quite a lot 3rd and 4th years. It grew quite
vigorously during this period, such that I was pruning it. But in
general all of these fruits are plum-sized rather than the apple-sized
fruits one sees in the shops. It then suddenly stopped being vigorous,
and now hardly puts on any new wood, and yields are now much lower.
Probably I ought to clear a bare earth circle round it, fertilise it,
and water it a lot. Maybe a bit of pruning, even though it is old wood,
might help reinvigorate it, though it only flowers on old wood.
I have 3, 2 Hosui (OHF 333 rootstock) which are the best tasting and one other,
forget the name but need cross pollination for best crop. the one isnt that good
tasting I poach in a sugar syrup with pear brandy. On dwarf rootstock they try
set fruit the first year. I dont let them. The two year old had 5-6, the big
one suffered some die back (it is in a 150 gallon rubbermaid) but it is hanging
Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
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