I have 2 six foot trees in buckets to put in the ground - a barlett pear an
d a satsuma plum. If no other citrus trees nearby, will they bear fruit? It
seems like there should be a straight forward answer but getting different
advice from different nurseries and websites... both will bear fruit, may
bear fruit, must have 2nd plum and pear, etc....?
Neither plums nor pears are related to citrus. Thus, the nearby
presence of citrus trees is no relevant.
If you are in the U.S., your question should be addressed to your
county's agricultural agent or the agricultura extension of your state
In the UK we call the pear a williams.
Your Bartlett pear tree is in flowering group 3. It is partially
self-fertile, but a nearby pollination partner of a different variety is
I had one mature one with no pears near and we got a good crop every
yer plenty for 3 of us.
Your plumb may be self fertile if it's one of these If you only have
space for one plum tree and you want a self-fertile Japanese cultivar,
you have three choices: ?Methley," a sweet, reddish-purple plum;
?Shiro,? a large, sweet, bright-yellow plum; and ?Toka,? a red plum
hybrid of Japanese and American plums.
Otherwise ?Satsuma? plums may be pollinated by "Methey," "Shiro" and
"Toka." Other useful Japanese plum pollinators are ?Beauty,? a large
plum with amber-tinged red flesh and bright red skin; "Burbank," a
purplish red plum; and ?Santa Rosa,? a large plum with purple flesh and
Citrus are Oranges and lemons etc.
Many thanks to David and everyone! Its back to the nursery for two differe
nt varieties for cross pollination. i would rather have extra than a poor c
rop down the road. Disappointed in the nursery dude who said pear would pol
lenate plum. Location is charlotte nc usa.
rather have extra than a poor crop down the road. Disappointed in the
nursery dude who said pear would pollenate plum. Location is charlotte
Aside from pollenation NC is in the wrong growing zone for pear and
plum... both require a lenghthy hard freeze for fruit production.
>As much chance of a pear pollinating a pear as your dog breeding with >your cat.
>That Nursery sounds like it needs someone who knows what they are >talking about
Sunset's "Western Garden Book" (which is sitting in front of me as I
compose this reply) lists several pear and plum varieties for mild
winter climates. While the book is intended for gardening west of the
Rocky Mountains, the information on winter chill applies to the plants
and can be relevant to eastern climates. Besides indicating suitability
for various climates, the book also indicates which plum and pear
varieties require cross-pollination and which other varieties are
Sunset has published a garden book (which I do not have) that is
generalized to the entire U.S. Perhaps that should be consulted to find
the pear and plum varieties suitable for North Carolina.
NOTE WELL: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) zones merely reflect
how cold winters are. Sunset uses a different zone concept that
includes how long winter cold lasts, hot hot summers are and how long
the heat lasts, persistent humidity, when rain or snow fall, and other
factors. Thus, instead of 10 USDA zones, Sunset has 26 zones just for
When I lived in San Jose, California, I had a plum tree in my yard
that fruited heavily every year (sometimes too heavily). It was
probably Italian Prune, the tree that once made San Jose the dried
fruit capital of the world.
We hardly ever got frost, and never had a hard freeze.
Amazing how much bad info and guesses are being posted here. Plums, pears, apples... all grow with or without frost in most regions. Just give advice that you know is correct. Or say " i think", or "i read something someone else said..."
Forgot the ref...
Satsuma Japanese plums are fast growing, but not self fertile. You will nee
d more than one Satsuma if you want them to bear fruit. Good choices for co
mpanion pollinating plum trees are, of course, another Satsuma or one of th
e following: ?Methley,? a sweet, red plum ?Shiro,
? a large, sweet vibrantly yellow plum ?Toka,? a re
d hybrid plum
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