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Pollination – Pear

Pear blossoms have a short season and the small amount of nectar produced is not attractive to bees. Twice as many bees should be available to pears than for other fruits. Move bees into the pear orchard when the trees are in one-third bloom.

Although Anjou and Bartlett are partially self-fruitful, they should be cross-pollinated to produce heavy and regular crops. Bartlett, Comice and Hardy may set large crops of parthenocarpic fruit. European and Asian pears will cross-pollinate if blooming at the same time.

 European Pears

Pear Fruiting Variety

Compatible Pollinizer

Anjou Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Anjou*, Seckel
Bartlett Anjou, Bosc, Comice
Bosc Anjou, Bartlett, Comice, Seckel
Comice Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, Seckel
Seckel Bosc, Comice, Bartlett

Asian Pears

Asian Pear Fruiting Variety

Compatible Pollinizer

Chojuro Shinseike, Bartlett
Nijisseiki (20th Century) Chojuro, Shinseike, Bartlett
Hosui Partially self-fruitful; any other pear in same bloom time OK.
Shinseike Chojuro

Resources

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