GIFFARD-A PEAR FOR ALASKA

By Bob Purvis   Finding pear varieties suitable for Alaska has proven far more difficult than finding suitable apple varieties. My perusal of U. P. Hedrick’s The Pears of New…

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Giffard -A Pear for Alaska

By Bob Purvis Finding pear varieties suitable for Alaska has proven far more difficult than finding suitable apple varieties. My perusal of U. P. Hedrick’s The Pears of New York…

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ASIAN PEARS

…Orient come the so-called “Chinese varieties” of Asian pears, which are complex hybrids of-the ussurian pear (Pyrus ussuriensis), the Chinese white pear (P. Bretschneideris), and perhaps other Asian pear species….

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SOME PEAR POSSIBILITIES

…most pears. The fruit, about the size of a ‘Sekel’ pear, is yellow with an orange-red cheek and has no grit. Both were the most disease-resistant pears in the Northwoods…

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WINTER 1996-97 SURVIVAL

…PERCY PLUM PETER PEAR PETROVSKI PEAR PF 10 PF 12 PF 21 PF 39 PF 50 PF 51 PHILLIP PEAR PINK BLOSSOM NANKING PIONEER 20 PIRJA PRECIOUS APRICOT PRINCESS KAY…

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BIG NEWS READ ALL ABOUT IT!

By Erik Simpson Larry and Laura have successfully grown, the first known edible pear in Alaska—and it happened this year!!! This is apparently a Patten pear tree which produced pears…

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New Fruit Variety Trials

…shame to graft hardy Russian pears on other pear rootstock, only to have the tree die because the roots weren’t hardy in a test winter. Siberian pear takes -50F with…

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VISIT TO ST. LAWRENCE NURSERIES

…stock. He had an unusually large number of failures in grafting new trees of Nova’ pear onto Pyrus communis rootstocks from Lawyer Nursery this past spring. I described the problems…

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Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear

…pollinate one another. Plant a pollinating variety such as Black Tartarian or Republican, Stella, Van, or a sour cherry such as Montmorency nearby. Pear. Many varieties of pears are completely…

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Hood River Tour

…– 5 varieties of apple, 5 varieties of pear, 2 types of plums, and a bin of asian pears. Then there were the other items lining the walls – jams…

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Nursery Tour

…and in the grounds around the house. The Gilberts specialize in many types of fruits from Russia, not just your common apple, pear, or stone fruits. Their goal is to…

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Cider: some definitions

…the following: A) INGREDIENTS The liquid content before fermentation must consist entirely of non-pasteurized apple (Cider), or pear (Perry) juice. No apple or pear juice concentrates to be used. Normally,…

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ANNUAL ALASKAN-GROWN APPLE TASTING

…the apples. We tasted 31 varieties of apples, a dozen repeats of these same varieties, two varieties of pear, and one each apricot and plum. The highest- rated apples this…

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1998 ORCHARD REPORTS

…to pollinate itself. There were no pear blossoms this year. I bought a few apple trees this year and a couple of them fruited – Wynochee Early, Apricot, Pristine and…

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THE HAINES FRUIT SEASON

…job. Many of my trees bloomed for the first time, including my ‘Summer Crisp’ pear and ‘Mt. Royal’ plum. Since my other pear tree, Hudar’ did not bloom, none of…

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PREPARING TREES FOR WINTER

…of apple or pear, and, as such, they seem more vulnerable to injury from drying winds than those of apple or pear. The best time to apply Wilt-Pruf would be…

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PREPARING TOUR FRUIT TREES FOR WINTER

…crabapple, pear, and mountain ash trees because of their thin bark. White plastic tree guards applied in early October and removed in early May are the best source of protection…

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1998 ORCHARD REPORTS

…year ever”. I ripened 93 varieties of apples for a total of 1239 pounds, 8 varieties of plums for 67 pounds, 5 varieties of pear for 16 pounds, 4 varieties…

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TART-CHERRY AND PLUM OBSERVATIONS

…them (after a profuse bloom and initial fruit set); the Ptitsin #5 and 9, Superior, Redcoat, Waneta, Pobeda, Hanska, and Kahinta, none. The Underwood plum acted like pear tree—it pull…

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NEW CHALLENGES FOR APFGA FOUNDER

…Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, and now Pink Lady. We have 18 acres of Bings and Rainiers, 9 acres of Red Clapp Favorite pears, and Bose,…

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FRUIT TREES IN INTERIOR ALASKA

…in. The workshop was set for mid-April of 1988.   Bob arrived in Fairbanks with a box full of apple and pear rootstocks, scionwood, wax, knives, and a genuine desire…

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Joe Orsi’s Summer Apple List

…  4 Breaky Calvilie Rouge Seedling Canada 1960 MA     5 Carroll Melba ´ Moscow Pear Seedling – LJ-MA     6 Coles Quince – ME 1849 Sum  …

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ANOTHER VISIT TO THE WHITEHORSE GARDENS

…‘Peter’ pear were doing well as were the ‘following plums: ‘Bounty’, ‘Northern’, ‘Dandy’, ‘Brookred’ and ‘Pembina’. The following plants had top dieback: ‘Brookgold’ plum, ‘Ptitsin #5’ plum, Japanese plum, and…

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MORE THOUGHTS ON STAKING

…First, the subject of the staking efforts was not pear trees, but ‘Blushing Gold’ apple trees. Second, the poles which the Sundquist orchard foreman. Gene Cox, used for staking were…

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STAKING BENEFICIAL FOR FRUIT TREES

…December 1989, I toured the Sundquist Orchard which adjoins that of Dan Whitney. Gene Cox, the orchard foreman showed me that the pear trees grown with support for the central…

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News from Fairbanks, 1988

…good rootstock to try on pears. They might cause the pears to mature the wood faster, cause a dwarfing effect, and cause the pears to bear earlier. Hawthorn’s might make…

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Apple tasting 1988

…year’s crop. The “Norcue”, as of October 17th, was crisp and somewhat like eating a good Bartlett pear. “Norcue” is the earliest ripening, hardiest and smallest of the 6 Beaverlodge…

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FALL ORCHARD REPORT FROM DAVE CRUSEY

…dieback last winter, which was moderate). Two cherries — Kristan and Mesabi — died at age two. Other trees include some small crabs, Ure pear, Manchurian walnut, sugar maple, burr…

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ANNUAL TASTING OF ALASKA- GROWN APPLES

…rated the apples. We tasted 31 varieties of apples, a dozen repeats of these same varieties, two varieties of pear, and one each apricot and plum. The highest-rated apples this…

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Orchard Report

…cherries set. My two Northstars (still in pots) from One Green World are dead without hope. My Kraznobkaya pear in the ground had serious dieback, but the ones in pots…

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Featured Fruit — Avocado

…trees are partially self-fertile, and like apples are propagated by grafting to maintain predictability in the fruit. The rough, green-skinned, pear shaped fruit is botanically classified as a berry, and…

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Book Reviews January 2001

…was once described as “special agrotechnical interventions.”   Training and Pruning Apple and Pear Trees, Forshey et al, 1992, 166 pages. This is an excellent book – easy to read…

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From the Editor’s Garden

…front lawn had no difficulties. The cherry set was miniscule on all the trees. The Shipovas, a natural mountain ash / pear cross out of eastern Europe, also died back…

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Orchard Report – Edmonton – 2001

…picked.   Tree fruits caught all of us by surprise. This was one of the very few years where absolutely no winter damage was noted. Apples, pears, plums and apricots…

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SWEATING IT OUT WITH TOKA

…Dan Lawyer, one of the officers of the corporation, spoke about a condition called “overdormancy” into which pear and plum trees sometimes slide, in which it is almost impossible to…

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Member Fruit Updates

Alice Brewer finally got some beautiful little pears off her pear tree Bob Purvis gave her years ago.   Neither Alice Brewer nor Lawrence Clark had apricots produce this year….

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