pear 'Conference' / 'Doyenné du Comice'
pear duo cordon
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: delicious dessert pears
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination Group: B & C - flowering mid and late season
- Root Stock: Qunice 'A'
An ingenious idea, this Duo-cordon has two different varieties of pears, one on top of the other, grafted onto one rootstock. The result is a tree that will produce 'Conference' pears near the bottom of the tree and 'Doyenné du Comice' near the top. The chosen varieties will be able to cross-pollinate freely, so there is no need to plant another tree nearby. This makes it particularly useful for smaller gardens. This tree has been grafted with the following varieties -
'Conference' - the pure white flowers of this dessert pear are followed by delicious, long, yellowish green fruits in late September. A popular choice in the UK as it copes well with adverse conditions better than most.
'Doyenné du Comice' - this delightful dessert pear tree is covered by pure white flowers in mid spring, followed by large fruits, renowned for their excellent flavour.
- Garden care: Pears naturally shed a small quantity of the developing fruits in mid summer. After this has occurred thin out the remaining pears, leaving one pear per cluster. Apply a high-nitrogen feed in spring.
In August summer prune. Shorten any side shoots (or laterals) which are longer than 20cm back to three leaves. This will allow the sun to ripen the fruit and encourage more fruit buds. Make sure that the growth you’re cutting away feels firm to the touch.
- Pollination Information: The varieties on this trees can cross pollinate freely, so you will not need another pollinating partner.