UBC Botanical Garden Forums  

» UBC Botanical Garden

Go Back   UBC Botanical Garden Forums > Fruit and Nut Trees

Fruit and Nut Trees Plant Care, Propagation, Identification, Appreciation and more!

Post New ThreadReply
Thread Tools
Old September 19th, 2008, 12:52 PM
donjoyky donjoyky is offline
Registered (1-2 posts)
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: shelbyville ky
Posts: 1
old hard green pears

We have an old farm that dates back to the early 1800's, that has one old pear tree that each year has 100's of pears. The pears are hard as rock unless wrapped in paper and put away for some time, even when you watch them very close, most will rot rather than rippen.

Two questions one what type of tree may this be and is there a better way of dealing with the rotting problem

Reply With Quote
Old September 21st, 2008, 06:51 AM
JanR JanR is offline
Contributor (100-499 posts)
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lakeland, Manitoba
Posts: 367
Re: old hard green pears

I have never had a pear tree, but I have heard that with pears you have to pick them before they are ripe and allow them to ripen off the tree. I think what you have experienced is fairly normal.
Reply With Quote
Old September 21st, 2008, 09:13 AM
togata57's Avatar
togata57 togata57 is offline
Plant Enthusiast (1000+ posts)
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 2,928
Re: old hard green pears

You probably have an ancient variety with fruit meant for cooking.
Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2008, 12:32 PM
jascha jascha is offline
Registered Plus (3-99 posts)
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 48
Re: old hard green pears

Pears are different from apples in that they are normally ripened off the tree. Rotting pears might be a sign that they weren't picked early enough.

Reply With Quote
Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:36 PM
Ron B Ron B is offline
Ardent Plant Enthusiast (10000+ posts)
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Edmonds, WA USA (Z8)
Posts: 19,031
Re: old hard green pears

What probably throws people is that popular 'Bartlett' is a European pear that can be eaten from the tree. Asian pears are also eaten tree-ripened.

Otherwise, some pear trees seen around appear to be unselected seedlings perhaps close to original wild species. Some of these may have been planted originally as rootstocks, outlived the orchard varieties grafted onto them. If yours has quite small fruits it may not, in fact be very suitable for eating under any circumstances.

If large-fruited or seeming with certainty to be an orchard cultivar for other reasons then reviewing and changing your storage procedure would seem to be the answer.
Reply With Quote
Post New ThreadReply


old fruit tree

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Winter pears Shuswap Kathy Fruit and Nut Trees 2 November 3rd, 2007 06:47 AM
Asian Pears (?) in Vancouver, FYI KarinL Fruit and Nut Trees 3 October 14th, 2007 05:04 AM
espalier pears Louise Hudson Fruit and Nut Trees 1 March 15th, 2007 01:07 PM
Fertilizing Pears Daniel Mosquin Fruit and Nut Trees 1 October 8th, 2002 02:37 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2001-2015, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research