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Disease resistant pears?

Whilst much mention is made of disease resistance for varieties of apples, there is less said about pears. Is it merely the case that pears are less prone to disease, less are generally grown compared to apples, or there really aren't many that have good tolerance. I'm planning on growing a variety or two and having looked at many of the surrounding gardens and area as a whole, most of them look pretty poor, to the point of dying. Canker, scab and rust seem the most common ailments. Conference, which is the most popular, seems to have fared worst. Has anyone any particular varieties they'd care to recommend? What's the story with "Invincible"? Is it as it's name suggests? How about Onward or Louis Bonne Jersey?

Also, whilst pears in general have a more upright form, compared with other fruits in general, are there any which have a notably upright growth habit and produce taller, more slender trees? There is a Conference a few gardens away that looks like a rocket! Alternatively, there's a Clapps Favourite that is low and sprawling. Again, anyone have any ideas?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Lifting you up the forum seneca but sorry, I haven't a clue

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 18,626

    No great worker of wonders myself with pears, but my book seems more interested in whether the trees are frost susceptible than anything else. Onward is listed as being  vigorous and only at its best for a limited time. Given that most pears are of this persuasion, that must be saying something. Louise Bonne of Jersey is described as strong and upright and frost tolerant. If you are wanting something of weaker growth, Packham's Triumph is recommended. Sorry, no info on Invincible though.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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