Saturday, January 7, 2012

Are Bartlett Pear trees a good choice for Los Lunas?

Bartlett Pear trees can be successfully grown here.  The trees are vigorous, productive, and self-fruitful. Pears bloom later than other fruits like apricots, cherries, and Japanese plums so are more likely to beat our late frosts and produce a crop. However, Bartlett Pears, are fire blight susceptible. Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, a destructive disease of pear trees is found in Valencia County, New Mexico. To beat this disease we are making available sweet & juicy, fire blight resistant pear trees. Our blight resistant Pear tree collection includes: Warren, Seckel, Tyson, Harrow Delight, Atlantic Queen, and Shinko (Asian Pear).

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