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I have some conference pears id like to take seeds from except there dont appear to be any seeds in them? if i remember correctly the seeds are similar to apple seeds? do all conference pears have seeds?


before i go crazy can anyone advise me?





  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    there will have been a lot of hybridisation and choosing of the biggest fruit and smallest seeds in the history of conference pear development. I find some seeds in them but they're skinny little things, not likely to be viable.

    If you did get a good seed you could grow a pear tree but not a Conference pear, they would have to be grafted (or some other vegetative propagation method).

    This goes for all named varieties of fruit trees, 

    Fruit producers want plump fruits not big seeds in their produce, as in seedless grapes and oranges

  • kev vankev van Posts: 101

    cheers nutcutlet. think i'll leave it .   cheers

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    Hi kev van,

    Yes, it isn't worth the trouble as a general rule growing fruit from seed. If you want to go down the diy route though grafting is really no where near has hard as people make out. I get almost 100% takes with apples and, so far, 100% take budding Sorbus. I haven't grafted any pear but it isn't so different. You can get a pear root stock (quince A for example) and some scion from wherever you can, put the two together an hey presto. You can find loads of good videos on youtube showing you exactly how to do it. 


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