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.