Asian Pear.. Best place to buy?

fatlard(Z5 CHICAGO)February 21, 2008

Hello Everyone.

I really enjoy asian pears.. I like to grow some in our yard.. do you know where is the best place to order one?

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Do you know what variety and rootstock you want? If not, you may want to do a little homework before jumping into buying something. You will especially want to look at disease resistance (particularly fireblight) and hardiness to your area. You can buy an asian pear at your local big box store, but if you want one to last and produce good fruit, you will have to do the research. Below is a link to a listing of possible sources. The list is a little out of date, but with some searching, you will be able to find your answers. I have a more up to date list at home and will try to remember to post it if I get a chance, but for now, the link below will give you somewhere to start. There are many good sources listed. Always check Garden Watchdog (as recommended at the top of the list), before ordering from any nursery/supplier. Garden Watchdog will help you determine if the source is reputable.

Here is a link that might be useful: NAFEX Nursery/Supply Source Lists

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 4:31PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

By the way, just in case you don't already know about TyTy or Aaron's Nursery (the same company), DON'T buy from them. They will come up as a source for almost any variety you google. When you order, you will get dead sticks or, if you are very lucky, a pear tree that won't be what you ordered. TyTy is pretty well know by most as THE scam artists of the nursery business. They had such a horrid reputation that they were removed from Garden Watchdog (long story), so you wouldn't find them listed there if you tried to check them out.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 4:42PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

OK, here's the list of pear (European and Asian) sources with their GW ratings and websites:

Adams County Nursery ( 11/11 or 100% perfect ) - http://www.acnursery.com/
Burnt Ridge Nursery ( 49/54 great ) - http://www.burntridgenursery.com/
C&O Nursery ( 3/3 or 100% perfect ) - http://www.c-onursery.com/
Cummins Nursery ( 17/18 excellent ) - http://www.cumminsnursery.com/
Greenmantle Nursery (6/8 good ) - http://www.greenmantlenursery.com/
Johnson Nursery ( 23/24 excellent ) - http://www.johnsonnursery.com/
Miller Nurseries ( 66/97 caution! ) - http://www.millernurseries.com/
Raintree Nursery (108/126 fair ) - http://www.raintreenursery.com/
St.Lawrence Nurseries ( 27/29 very good ) - http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 8:30PM
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fatlard(Z5 CHICAGO)

Thanks brandon7!

I will definitely look for one at the places you recommended!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 9:25PM
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jqpublic(7b/8a Wake County NC)

Wow, I never knew they were readily available here. I love eating those things. As kids we called them Papples. hehe.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 10:57PM
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fatlard(Z5 CHICAGO)

Okay. I think I got it.

I am going to get two asian pear trees from Burnt Ridge for $50 shipped.

HOSUI and SHINSEIKI

The Shinseiki is self pollinating and will pollinate the Hosui.

These trees are grafted on O.H.F. X 513 semi-dwarf rootstock. They are hardy to minus 25F.

What do you guys think?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 8:53AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I hope you don't have much problem with fireblight in your area. Shinseiki is rated as very susceptible, and although Burnt Ridge rates Hosui as resistant, many other sources rate it is susceptible. I would much rather have trees with some disease resistance like Shinko, etc. I'm too lazy to spend lots of time spraying and pruning out fireblight infected limbs, and diseased and dead trees don't produce much fruit. The rootstock should work well.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 3:17PM
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mckenna(Z5 Chicago IL)

Also try
http://www.treesofantiquity.com/

and maybe ask this organization

http://www.midfex.org/.

Bill

    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 11:46AM
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Fledgeling_(4b SD)

TyTy... I had not heard of them, I am glad I know now to avoid them when I come across it. Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 3:42PM
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fatlard(Z5 CHICAGO)

Well, I decided to buy something else besides the hosui and the shinskei.

I bought the korean pear and the shinko instead. They should cross pollinate. right?

    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 11:21PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

"Korean pear" is synonymous with "Asian pear". Both are names for Pyrus pyrifolia. Which one did you buy?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 9:28AM
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fatlard(Z5 CHICAGO)

Sorry. I meant to say.

KOREAN GIANT ASIAN PEAR (a.k.a. Don Bae)(Pyrus pyrifolia)

and

SHINKO ASIAN PEAR (Pyrus pyrifolia)

from Burnt Ridge

Thanks for all your help brandon7

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 2:55PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I think you should have good luck with those varieties. Korean Giant has been reported both tolerant and suseptable to fireblight, but it seems like the places that had a problem are usually much warmer areas. So I think you are likely to be OK.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 12:03PM
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jakejones

I have ordered 2 or 3 times from One Green World. Every tree has grown great and they have a good selection of new cultivars.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2008 at 9:38PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I haven't ordered from One Green World. They do seem to have a really impressive selection of fruiting plants. But, they do have a number of complaints on the web. Nothing like TyTy, but enough to make me think I wouldn't want to place a huge order with them. From what I've read, it seems like their biggest problems are a little inconsistency in quality and frequent poor customer service IF/WHEN there is a problem.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2008 at 10:19AM
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