Fuzzy Pears!

10/1/2011 Update: This is a quince! Read more about this here:  https://janedata.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/its-a-quince/

I am all abuzz about fuzz! Everyone expects a peach to be fuzzy, but pears? Apparently so for my 3-in-1 pear trees! Both trees are now starting to fruit and the fruits are covered with fuzz. I do not recall any fuzziness in last year’s crop – perhaps this is the first-time appearance of one of the three types of pears and that particular pear has fuzz in early development? I know I did not harvest three varieties of pears last year, for sure.

I am very curious to see how this fruit will look over the next several weeks. I hope to have updates soon!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Pear seeds are highly toxic if ingested.  More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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2 Responses

  1. Pearr tree planted several years ago white blooms but fruit is small with fuzzy almost spiky growth on them. Should pear trees have a mate tree to produce?

    • Dear Alms, Thank you for your question. If your tree is already producing true pear fruit (or even its fuzzy relation, the quince), then it means that your tree is self-fertile (it does not need a mate tree). If your fruit remains fuzzy, then it’s very likely that your tree was overtaken by its quince rootstock. So, the days of juicy pears may be over. My own two pear trees were overtaken and became quince trees. I, sadly, had to remove them because they were stricken by brown rot and the plum curculio beetle, rendering the fruit useless. If you are able to fend off diseases and pests from your tree, you will, however, be rewarded with an unusual tree that produces fruit that make exquisite jelly. Many thanks for visiting my blog!

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