DIARY: Edible Trees Aug 22 02019

Pears

3 baby pears on the Neck from July 17 02019.
Baby pears.

15 pear trees:

  • 3 John

  • 2 Bosc

  • 1 Uri

Pear trees can be planted closer to each other, 15-20' apart. And like apples, they need to be close to a different varietal for pollination. Our order was for 3 types, 2 each of John, Bosc, and Uri. However on planting day, there was a mad scramble. Uri was missing! Reminded me of a Russian spy plot. Turned out, we planted 3 Johns. So many jokes. :)

All 6 pear trees arrived very tall and more willowy than apple trees. In fact, they were difficult to load onto trucks they were so tall. All arrived in bloom.

Pear trees have a single main trunk and seem to branch up higher than apples, and they are willowy. Darker bark and leaves. Quite distinct from apple trees as it turns out.

 

Flash forward from June to July -- pictured above -- and the John Pear trees have fruit!!! Five.

While the apple trees came with stakes in their pots, all the rest didn't, and the pear trees are especially in need of staking. This shows up the most with winds, and of course when heavy little fruit start to grow.

The June photo shows something surprising to me, though on reflection it makes sense: the pears are upside down. Of course, the flowers grow up towards the sunlight. Pollinated flowers begin to form fruit, and as this happens, the flower turns brown and the petals fall off. That spot is the bottom of the fruit. As the fruit gets heavier, it's twig bends until the fruit becomes right-side up. This process is most obvious with pears. But it happens with all our trees! The fruits start upside down. Take a peak next year after the flowers start to brown.



Flash forward again to August, to now. One of the pear trees has been staked up, but we need stakes and ties before fall winds and winter snows start. The pears have been blown off at about half size.

Name that moth larva!


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