Here I go again trying to fit more fruit trees into a limited space. On the back side of my orchard I have a section about 80’ long that I can plant a row of trees. The purpose of this row is primarily to be a visual screen with fruit coming into second place. The row has a little steeper incline so I want to do a minimal amount of work growing them. Probably get one of those pole pickers as the taller trees start to fruit. I have 4 Kieffer seedlings I can plant and graft varieties of my choice later on. Assuming I go this route I want the most fireblight varieties so as to cut down on wood removal. Some varieties I currently have for consideration are. Ayers, Potomac, Shenandoah, Orient, Improved Kieffer, Harrow Sweet, Korean Giant, Dripping Honey, Clark’s Small Yellow, Harrow Sweet and Harrow Delight. I’m fairly confident that the Orient and Ayers will be fairly resistant to FB. What is your opinion for varieties considering my needs?
Warren and Magness
I forgot mention before but I do have Warren. Thanks
Sunrise is touted as highly FB resistant. I’ve had my eye on but haven’t bought yet. I think clark has it.
I put Potomac in this Spring hoping for good things.
I think Potomac will be a good choice. I have several varieties and plan to use scions from what I already have. Thanks
Do you want a little at a time or one big picking? I’m the former, so I have Harrow Delight early and Harrow Sweet + Potomac late. Stretches harvest out over five weeks. Harrow Sweet is my favorite for flavor, Potomac for yield, but they’re all great. My Harrow Delight defoliated first, but it hasn’t seemed to hurt its vigor or yield. All are no-spray, blight free, and doing ok under high rust pressure.
I am well pleased at the appearance of “ Summercrisp”. After some consistent branch bending. Took about 7 years to come into production, though. If it weren’t a pear, it would be a crabapple. Every old pear tree in the neighborhood started bearing fruit after I planted it.
I’m even more pleased with “Harvest Queen” which I planted after some rave reviews here.
The only bad thing I can say about it is that it’s not a very vigorous tree. I’d put the taste at an “8” with hope for improvement as it ages.
Because of its precociousness and relative lack of vigor, I speculate that stunting out could be a problem. Thin hard and consider using a more vigorous rootstock.
Good idea on staggering ripening times. My primary interest is selecting as low a maintenance tree as possible and for a screen.
The big contenders I found were honey sweet, Magness and Warren. I tasted a Warren pear and it tasted like you were eating brown sugar. Magness needs another pear but that is not much of a problem. Issue with both Warren and Magness is they are slow growing. I am talking possible 10 years before fruit. You may want to look at rootstocks as well even though you plan to use Kieffer for rootstock. I know OHxF 333 is supposed to be super winter hardy, resistant to wooly aphids and is resistant to fireblight so that may lessen some of the growing pains for example even if it means less fruit.