"Anjou" is medium to large and has a green/ yellow skin and is a juicy and sweet pear. Good for Fresh eating, cooking and baking. This is a great multi purpose pear. This variety can be stored up to 7 months after harvest, it is a vigorous growing pear but takes a bit to start producing fruit. This variety is more resistant to to the cold and fire blight. Pears do need some extra care, we recommend to use Dormant Oil in late winter to get rid of overwintering insects and diseases. It is also recommended to prune your pear trees in late winter.
Fruit: Green/ yellow skin with a sweet, juicy and aromatic.
Uses: Baking, cooking, Fresh eating, poaching, roasting, grilling, salads
Pollination: Use Bartlett or Flemish Beauty
Harvest Time: Mid October
Light: Full sun
Pruning: Late winter
Pruning Pear trees: Only prune one third of your tree a year, do it during winter and when you cut near the truck do not cut the ‘collar’ of the branch off.
Pruning Pear trees is an important part of keeping your tree healthy and producing good fruit for a long time, as well having good air flow and light reduces pests and disease problems. The end result is a tree with open branches that lets air flow through and allows light into the middle of the tree.
Getting started; prune fruit trees in winter while tree is dormant and clean your pruners, loppers and saws with bleach solution. You will need pruners, possibly a hand saw, a ladder depending on size of tree and for safety reasons let someone know if you are going in the tree or up a ladder.
Looking at your tree you need to decide if it needs ‘thinning out’ or needs to be ‘headed back’ . Thinning out refers to taking out complete branches. Headed back refers to making branches shorter.
You are looking to remove branches that are:
Dead: branches that are not living they will not produce leaves, blooms and may cause disease or rot problems.
Damaged: branches that have broken, have welts or major cuts, extreme bark loss due to natural human/animal causes
Diseased: branches that have cankers, abnormal secretion or odd growths. These branches may be showing signs of disease and should be removed before it affects the rest of the tree.
On Pear trees that require shaping or more difficult pruning such as; taking a scaffold branches (large main branches), Sail branches (looks like another tree on the tree), or water sprouts (straight up branches usually caused from improper pruning). Some of these branches require 3 cuts to remove the branches without damage to the tree. Ask one of our professionals in store about these more difficult pruning’s.