Pear Pollination - Knowledgebase Question

Name: K Abrahamson
Everet, WA
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Question by aabrahamso
November 14, 1997
I planted a Seckel pear this spring. The information that came with the tree mentioned that the tree needed no cross pollination. I am wondering if that is correct since literature I have read since has contradicted this statement.

Answer from NGA
November 14, 1997
Pears bear more fruit when another cultivar is growing nearby. I'm not sure why the information tag said otherwise. Since Seckel blooms in mid-season, you should plant another mid-season blooming type nearby. Mid-season bloomers include Highland, Warren, and Harrow Delight. You might contact Raintree Nursery (391 Butts Rd., Morton, WA 98356, ph# 360/496-6400) for their advice about the best pollinator for Seckel.

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