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PEAR Williams Bon Chretien

Pyrus communis

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Also known as the Bartlett Pear. Large long necked, green-yellow fruit, that is ideal for eating and bottling. Fruit will naturally fall in February and will keep up to 3 months. Good pollinator. Early season.

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As most pears need cross pollination, the planting of more than one variety is recommended or the growing of a double grafted tree.

Pollinators include - Beurre Bosc, Doyenne du Comice, Taylors Gold, Winter Cole, Winter Nelis, Nashi Hosui and Nashi Nijiseiki.

Communis - A vigorous rootstock growing to 8/10 meters. Rootstock is tolerant to difficult soil.

BA29 – A Semi vigorous rootstock growing to 4/5 meters.

Qunice C – Dwarf rootstock growing to 4/4.5 meters.

SOIL

Prefers well drained fertile soil.

PLANTING SITE

Sunny and sheltered is best. Plant 4-5m apart from other trees.

CLIMATE

Pears are best in areas with cool to cold Winters and mild Summers. 

WATERING

Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.

PESTS & DISEASES

Pears are best with a preventative spray program. At a minimum a winter oil and copper application should be made, followed in Spring at bud movement and ten days later by another copper spray.

PLANTING IDEAS

Pears are spectacular specimen trees for their ornamental value, especially in Spring and Autumn. Along with apple trees, pears are the best fruit trees for formal espalier.

FRUIT

Varieties range in ripening time from mid Summer to early Autumn.

POLLINATION

See pollination chart. Plant at least one pollinating variety to ensure good fruit production.

TREE SIZE

Height up to 5-6m.

RECOMMENDED PRUNING SYSTEM

Central leader. 

 

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