Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fruit tree blossom North Fife

Comice Pear Blossom.

'Doyenne du Comice' is a popular dessert pear with a fine flavour that was introduced from France in 1849. Pears flower two to four weeks earlier than apples and need slightly warmer conditions. The variety 'Concorde' makes a good pollination partner. All pears are grafted on rootstocks which affect their size and vigour, and may be trained in a number of different shapes. Pruning depends on the tree form and vigour of the rootstock, and should be checked in a handbook. 'Doyenne du Comice' should be picked in October while still firm and stored until November before eating. Last year the blossom was meagre yet produced a few fruit proving there must be a pollinator near by.

Sweet Cherry, never before have I seen such profusion of blossom on this tree. Last year it produced a lot of fruit mainly bird food, the buggers take it just before we would. If it all sets then we can share.

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