Its sweet fruits have a high quality, melt-in-the-mouth texture
One of the most flavoursome dessert pear varieties available
Pears can be harvested in October and stored well into November
Pollination Group 4 - Cooking Pear
Height Up to 100cm (39.4in)
Spread Up to 45cm (17.7in)
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Widely regarded as one of the most flavoursome dessert varieties available, Pear 'Doyenne du Comice' has a richness that other cultivars struggle to attain. The large, sweet fruits have a melt-in-the-mouth texture of the highest quality. Harvest them in October and they will store well into November.
This variety is not self-fertile. For the heaviest crops it is best grown with another variety. If you only have room for one tree then make sure that a neighbour has a tree close by that can act as a suitable pollinator. Pollination Group 4 - Cooking Pear
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.
Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.
2 x 13 Litre Potted Trees (Quince Eline Rootstock) (TKA1794)
1 x 12 Litre Potted Tree (Quince A Rootstock) (KB2326)
1 x 13 Litre Potted Tree (Quince Eline Rootstock) (KA1793)
1 x 9cm Potted Plant (Quince C Rootstock) (10617)
1 x 24cm Potted Plant (Quince C Rootstock) (KB9924)
1 x 2 Litre Potted Plant (Quince A Rootstock, 70cm Tall) (KF8576)
1 x 5 Litre Potted Plant (Quince A Rootstock, 1.2m Tall) (KF8577)
1 Bare Root Tree (Organic - Quince A Rootstock) (KF6146)
Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed pear trees regularly and water during particularly dry periods.
Pruning pear trees begins immediately after planting. Remove the central stem to just above the highest side branch. For the following 3 years, prune only the tips of the remaining main branches by one third in winter. Aim for about eight main branches which will form the frame of your tree, with fruiting sub branches growing off of them. From the fourth year, some sub branches can be pruned out at the union where they join the main branch, to allow new sub branches to take their place.
In order to produce the best quality, largest pears, the fruits should be thinned in July leaving one or two pears remaining per cluster.
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