alex Keenan wrote:As far as I know the key is in the root stock used. We have fire blight in my area. I always order trees grafted on fireblight resistant rootstock.
So you may wish to get good root stock and just graft what you want onto it. grafting is not hard and you can find people who sell grafting woodstock. Check with north american fruit explorers.
...the key is in the root stock used.
Robert Marsh wrote:Guy Ames has a lot of info on what you can actually grow.... his pear section starts with "fireblight", in his apple, he talks about promoting what did well with 10 years of neglect....
John Indaburgh wrote:
There's a new Pear called Shenandoah. It's parents are Max Red Bartlett and also has Seckel in its linage. Which is the source of fire blight resistance. The original seedling tree was selected in 1985 at the USDA, Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Harvest maturity occurs about four weeks after 'Bartlett', and the fruit will store in refrigerated (-1 C) air storage for at least 4 months. The flavor is aromatic, similar to 'Bartlett', and is moderately acidic during the first 2 months after harvest. Yield has been moderate to moderately high, and precocious, with first fruit setting 1 to 2 years after planting.. Production has been regular with no pronounced biennial pattern. The descriptions are those of the USDA. under the number PI665743. I have a tree on order for delivery later this year. I'm interested more in its precociousness and the flavor.
I'd also like to point out that sometimes there are multiple sports of the same fruit. An example is the McIntosh apple. If you search at the link above for "malus McIntosh" there are 94 search results. Some are apples where McIntosh is mentioned in its lineage. But many are sports of McIntosh. The Wijcik McIntosh has a fireblight resistance of 1 or very resistant. The Marshall McIntosh has a rating of 3, much higher.
Mary Cook wrote:but I'm not going to plant any more fruit trees till I solve my squirrel problem.
Marty Mitchell wrote:Awesome information there!!! Thank you for resurrecting this thread. I am at a new home again now and shall be on the hunt for them Fire Blight resistant strains again at some point.
I am putting in all the garden beds, flower beds, and already planted a bunch of figs, mulberries, plums, and peaches so far. About time for those apples and pears.
Thanksgiving pears are a hardy pear with a sweet, crisp flavor found at an old homestead along the Alapaha River in Georgia. They ripen in late fall and hold on the tree until Thanksgiving! Disease resistant. Traditional pear shape fruit is excellent for deer and wildlife, and will bring them in throughout the hunting season. Bears fruit in 3-5 years.
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