Topping out pear trees.
I have several trees of a variety named Potomac. It is very vigorous.
Potomac has excellent pears but the tree vigor makes it difficult to care for the trees. Picking the fruit is also a challenge.
|These Potomac trees were topped last year and I will graft them this spring|
In my orchard I see that the Japanese pears like Chojuro, Korean Giant, Shinko are the least vigorous as a class.
Of the European pears, Harrow Sweet, Blake's Pride and Concorde are relatively low vigor.
Harrow Sweet went off-patent in 2017 so I will probably be working most of the Potomac over to HS.
|Shenandoah pear top worked to Butt. No, not "tastes like Butt"! Butt is a variety used to make Perry, fermented pear juice. It is very tart and tannic. OK, maybe you were right to start with. It tastes like bntt.|
It would be nice to milk another ten or fifteen years out of these trees.
If I am on top of my game I will plant replacement trees between these old, veterans and not lose a lick of production.