Last year at this time, I was eating juicy peaches off the tree I planted in the backyard. This year? Not a single peach. I’d feel a bit bad about that, except my pear tree is bearing fruit for the first time. That has me almost as excited as I was last year.
The pear I picked today is teeny, but beautifully shaped and blushed with red. I haven’t eaten it yet because I think I remember that pears are supposed to finish ripening off the tree. However, I don’t know how long said ripening will take. Anybody else grow pears or know what’s the real deal? I’d appreciate your advice.
I’d also be very curious what kinds of pears you’re growing, and how you’ve fared. I know there are some choices for zone 4, and mine have done decently well. But I’m always looking (especially at sales this time of year) to add another possibility.
Also, if you grow peaches, have you experienced this biennial fruiting tendency? Or is there some other reason for the lack of fruit (I’m fairly certain, it’s not a lack of pollination — the peach trees are within 30 feet of the bee yard).
Any other fruit tree fans want to weigh in with a progress report? Mulberries? Paw paws? Persimmons? Okay….apples?