Grafting Amire Joannet from ARS GRIN today and wondered if anyone has experience with growing it?
Im hoping 2019 will be my year for this one since im using Douglas and harrow delight as interstems. I have tried to grow this one for awhile but this year i have new and better plans! What Pears will you grow this year?
This is the USDA description
"Joannet. Origin France. Mr. Lyon thought it probably the same as ‘Harvest’. Synonyms: Amire Joannet, Amire Johannet, Archduc d’Ete (erroneously), Joanette, Petit Johannet, Pera de San Juan, Petit St. Jean, St. Jean, St. John, St. John’s Pear. – W.H. Ragan, Nomenclature of the Pear, 1908.
Amire Joannet (of Robert Thompson, 1842). Early Sugar, Sugar Pear, Harvest Pear, St. Jean, Joanette, St. John’s Pear, (Archduc d’ete?), This fruit, better known here, as the Early Sugar pear, is one of the very earliest, ripening at the beginning of July - in France, whence it originally comes, about St. John’s day - whence the name, Joannet. It is a pleasant, juicy fruit,of second quality, and lasts but a few days in perfection. It opens the pear season, with the little Muscat, to which it is superiour. Fruit below the middle size, regularly pyriform, tapering to the stalk, which is an inch and a half long, and thickest at the point of junction. Skin very smooth, at first light green, but becomes bright lemon color at maturity - very rarely with a faint blush. Calyx large, with reflexed segments, even with the surface. Flesh white, sugary, delicate and juicy at first, but soon becomes mealy; seeds very pointed. Head of the tree open, with a few declining branches. – A.J. Downing, The fruits and fruit trees of America, 1846.
Amire Joannet (Joannet; Petit St. Jean; St. Jean; Early Sugar; Harvest Pear). Fruit small, regularly pyriform. Skin very smooth, at first of a pale greenish-yellow colour, which changes as it ripens to deep waxen yellow, and with a tinge of red next the sun. Eye open, with stout, erect segments, placed even with the surface. Stalk an inch and a half to an inch and three quarters long, stout and fleshy at the insertion. Flesh white, tender, juicy, sugary, and pleasantly flavoured, but soon becomes mealy. – R. Hogg, The Fruit Manual, 1860.
Amire Joannet. This fruit is small, form oblong ; the skin, when ripe, is light yellow, with a small portion of red ; the flesh white, and when not overripe, juicy and good. It ripens in July, about ten days before the Petit Muscat, to which it is superior in size and flavor. The head of the tree is open, with a few long and hanging branches. – R. Manning, The New England Fruit Book, 1844."