I am not sure when I’d need it, yet could someone send me wild callery pollen someday for a few hybridization projects that I will be working on?
Wow! I’m brand new to the forum and this thread caught my eye. We have tons of these invasive pear trees - our back 2 acres are pretty much these, wild blackberry, and autumn olive. Anyway, before I knew anything of what we had I paid someone to brushhog the field and of course these guys came up with a vengeance. I’m trying not to get too excited that there could be a good use but I’d love to get fruit from them!! Any tips on videos to watch or what to read to make it simpler? Ive never grafted anything. I did buy some pear saplings from our state forestry Dept. They’re not cultivars(hope that’s the correct word) - just said “Bartlett pear” iirc. They have grown thorns and I thought, oh no! They’re the same thing! But when I emailed our state forestry Dept they said that happens in young pears sometimes. They don’t seem grafted- I don’t see a joint Union/ knob. Please P ardon me if I’m using terms incorrectly- I feel so uneducated here- never heard of an interstem, for example! Looking forward to learning more here!
When your ready to graft I suggest going with disease resistant varieties especially the ones resistant to fireblight. Bartlett is a fb magnet in my area and struggles to survive.
I would plant these and use them as root stock to graft onto or let them grow and see what you have.
Those “Bartlett pear” are Bartlett pear seedlings – hence the thorns. They will in all likelihood not produce fruit resembling Bartlett. I concur, use them as a standard sized rootstock for grafting.
Highly recommend you check out this post first The best 96 pages on growing fruit I've found!. Then check out this post on how to graft those big wild callery pear trees in the future Top working Pears weather permitting. Here is a great post to get you started grafting First time grafters: what's working, what isn't?. Your sitting on a lot of potential fruit. Dont worry about never grafting before as you look through a few posts like this one 2016 graft thread you will see it’s not as hard as it sounds.those big callery pears are especially valuable because you would be eating pears from those within 2 years. Don’t worry about interstems and all that the first time you graft. Get some Duchess or Douglas scion wood or any disease resistant pear wood and start grafting and see what happens. Chances are if you graft 100 trees as is 50 will take grafts with little to no extra work the first time you try it. 2 years after you graft when you eat your first pears it’s a pretty satisfying feeling.
Wow, thanks!! I’ve got a browser window open with that first link! Can’t wait to read it - just looked at the first few pages which made me think I just might be able to grasp the concept of grafting a bit better!!! This forum seems full of knowledgable folks. Is there any section of geographical areas? I’m in northern VA and thought it’d be cool to know what folks around here are doing. I do have a kind friend who is growing lots of fruit but she is investing lots of money into it. Her result is good but I can’t approach fruit growing that way. She is also knowledgable but I think it’d blow her mind to think I’d graft into these invasive pears lol. Thanks again!!!
If your friend has the time she can show you the simple cleft graft in 15 min. It is now the the type connection I use 98% of the time.
@thecityman and @speedster1 did come up with a users location map to help you find people that grow fruit close by General Location Map of growingfruit.org members. The members in your area that put themselves on that map will show up. It’s a voluntary map of course so many people did not add their location.
I suspect her friend does not know how to show her that but is great at growing trees. Most orchardist don’t know how to graft.
The thing I love about this method of growing fruit is you don’t need to spend a bunch of money. Technically you could stop by a friends get a couple of pear cuttings off their tree and graft them on the wild callery trees. Most things you need like a razor knife and saw you may have around the house now. If you need help just ask us. Post some pictures and let us know how it goes. Stephen Hayes has a great youtube channel on grafting and fruit growing and this is him doing a cleft graft https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XpgbpbewU3E
Hi Annie. I just wanted to welcome you and put in one more word of encouragement for you to go ahead and try grafting and turn some of those wild pear trees into fruit trees. Trust me when I tell you that I knew less than you do when I first tried it, and I had good results. It sounds intimidating at first, but it shouldn’t. Just do some you tube searches for things like “cleft grafting” or Fruit tree grafting. There are lots of good ones, especially the aforementioned Stephen Hayes. The more time you spend watching those videos, the more courage you’ll have and the more successful you will be. I don’t think I even knew what the word “graft” meant when I started, but it didn’t take long and I was doing it. You will enjoy what you are talking about doing very much. There is just something special about taking a wild tree that is the equivalent of weeds and turning them into fruit that you, your friends, family, and wild animals can all enjoy. You can do this! And of course, when the inevitable questions come up, just pop in here and ask for advice. This place is filled with experts who are willing to share their knowledge and techniques. You’ll never find a bigger pear expert than @clarkinks, and lots of others come very close. They’ll even help you get some good varieties of pears when you are ready. Good luck- YOU CAN DO THIS!
What are the pears actually like? Like Seckel pears?
Seckel is in many of this forum members top 5 list. Think you will enjoy this post Top 5 european pears - #6 by mrsg47. They are a very small pear as you can see in photos on this post Seckel Pear. Most people have never even tried 10 of the thousands of pears available. The world has really been missing out. We’ve all grown up ignorant to the wonderful choices of pears available. You might be additionally interested in this post The pears you may not have heard of and should consider growing
I am starting to wonder if the pear I posted in the link was labeled incorrectly. The pear taste much like the Seckel but the remaining ones on the tree was much bigger than any Seckel I have seen. They were great tasting but more the size of my Ayers. Both are very sweet pears.
I’m highly suspicious there’s a lot of funny business going on with seckle pears. I’ve grown some called seckle that were so disease susceptible they could not be grown here. I think seedling sugar pears are being called seckle. In addition there is worden, early seckel etc. . I’m fairly confident I’m growing the real seckle now. Suspect yours is the real seckle also because I’ve read it can be larger when grown correctly. There is supposed to be a great deal of fruit size variation on the same tree. Seckle is not quince compatible so worse case scenario we drop a stick of yours on quince and find out if takes. I grafted 5 seckle to a callery I had that not one pear stick took but this seckle took right a way. That means there are pears out There called seckle that certainly are not. I think that’s why we are getting mixed results on fireblight resistance. Once my trees flower and make pears we will know more when we compare fruits. @hoosierquilt is growing seckel and may be able to help us out. Mine are blooming and in tight cluster now but we will see what the weather does here. The counterfeit seckle pears may be as good or even better but not seckle. Like kieffer it’s grown a lot. I’ve got 4 supposed kieffer pears and everyone was different. The pear We grew up calling kieffer was a counterfeit. These are my Seckel flowers
Just hearing the issues with the Callery roots that keep coming up I do not think I will use that rootstock nor buy anything on that rootstock. If I cut that tree out or it dies then I will constantly be battling those small trees coming up. I already have that issue with so many coming up around my pond. I have seen them on the sides of the pond I cannot get to now. That will be a mess alter on when they spread. They are very, very invasive.
They are not invasive here at this time. Hit the stump with Tordan and you won’t see them again that’s it’s purpose.
My Seckel is still closed pretty tight, just a hint of swell. Which I know sounds odd out here, but this side of my front yard gets some morning shade from my house, so the pears on this side of my driveway get a bit less sun than the pears planted on the north side of my driveway. My Seckel is from DWN, and it’s on FHx3333 for what that’s worth. Also, interestingly, it is the only pear in my collection that’s suffered a FB strike, and that was the first spring. I ruthlessly cut it out, and was afraid actually, I’d lose the whole young tree because it advanced very quickly, but it survived the brutal pruning (as you can see), and no further strikes. I think there was a discussion a while back on the forum about different Seckels, I’d have to search to see. My fruit on this tree are the typical small Seckel fruit, and visually appear to be the real thing to me, based on my pear books, and from Seckels I’ve bought either at the store, or gotten from somewhere like Harry & David. And yes, I know I need to prune some stuff out, just haven’t gotten out to my pears, yet.
I grafted in a few limbs of Seckel but I have only had the one last year that bloomed. This year I don’t have any Seckel flowers so I’m assuming that they are slow to fruit, even the ones on mature trees. I guess the mystery goes on.
The real Seckel fruits pretty quick on 333. Typically on 2-3 yr old rootstock.