Description

They do best in warm sunny locations where there is shelter from prevailing winds. Yields are much better when several varieties of the same or adjacent pollination group are planted together. The trees should be planted in deep, well drained and fertile soil. Eating and cooking varieties are generally supplied on Quince A rootstock. This is regarded as semi-vigorous. Trees should be planted 4-5m apart. The varieties offered are likely to do well in Irish conditions. However, pears need warmth to ripen fully and ideally should be planted in sheltered sunny positions. Perry pears are supplied on Pyrodwarf or Pyrus communis rootstock, and should be spaced at 5-10 m. The trees are very long lived – trees planted now may still be producing fruit in two hundred years time.

Varieties available.
Conference:
Eater, old favorite but needs a warm dry site to do well. Green with some russet, sweet and juicy, reliable cropper, good on limestone soils. Quite susceptible to canker. September, keeps till November. Pollination group 3.
Doyenne du Camice:
Doyenne du Comice is one of the finest pears. Juicy melting flesh with excellent flavour. However it does need a warm and sunny site. Also suitable for a tall south-facing wall. Fruit ripens October to November. Pollination group 4.
Beurre Hardy:
Eating. Large, yellowish-green fruit, sometimes with red russet when ripe. Juicy white or pink flesh, sweet and aromatic. Very good flavour. Resistant to scab but does best on south facing wall. October. Poor pollinator (pollination group 4).