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#1089073 - 12/17/08 11:36 AM Wild Pear Trees
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Do deer utalize these much? I was thinking of re locating some to the farm, but didnt know if it was worth it or not. Any info?
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#1089103 - 12/17/08 11:52 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: TS_13]
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They love them.
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#1089142 - 12/17/08 12:17 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: BSK]
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Excellent! I will transplant some then. It seams that they bear at a young age so that is even better.
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#1089442 - 12/17/08 02:54 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: TS_13]
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#1089887 - 12/17/08 07:27 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: Football Hunter]
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yep, eat em like candy.
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#1089991 - 12/17/08 08:07 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: Boone 58]
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I could use some wild pears around here, but can't seem to find any for transplanting.
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#1090395 - 12/18/08 07:10 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: Chris Tripp]
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I've been wondering if I can get some "wild" pears and apples growing from seed.
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#1090646 - 12/18/08 09:19 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I've been wondering if I can get some "wild" pears and apples growing from seed.


Quiver has some very interesting pear trees in his yard. I think they come from a somewhat wild back ground. From what he says they are very small and the deer absolutely go crazy over them. I am trying to bribe him with a cobbler for some seeds. Check over on the cathole website in a day or so and see if he's had any luck.

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#1091637 - 12/18/08 08:14 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: richmanbarbeque]
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I don't think pear and apples do very well from seed. Most fruits with a pit will sprout. The Indian peach seeds I have do well if you can get them to sprout. I buried 25 and only got 3 to sprout, but they will produce 1" peaches galore after 3 years. I just need to increase the germination rate.
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#1091668 - 12/18/08 08:30 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: Quiver]
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For you guys that are wanting wild pears. Take a real close look around an existing tree, especially if it is near heavy cover or woodline. There may be a few saplings growing within a few feet of the outer limbs a foot tall or so. They are kind of hard to identify. I have about eight marked and are going to transplant soon. It seems they will grow in a wide varieties of soil types and the deer do love them. If they will sprout from just falling on the grown and in weeds, I guess someone could start some at home.
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#1092226 - 12/19/08 08:15 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: CWT]
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I have a friend that experiences amazing success growing sawtooth oaks from acorns. He puts each acorn in a 2" diameter, foot-long section of PVC pipe filled with potting soil and keeps dozens of these pipes in his greenhouse during winter. Once the sapling is up, he can slide the entire sapling and root combination out of the pipe and he has a ready-made "containerized" tree to that is easily planted.

I would love to see if this works well with fruit trees.
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#1092248 - 12/19/08 08:26 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: BSK]
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That is a really good idea... I had not thought about PVC pipe. I already have a few wild pears, ranging from 25-30ft to 8ft. I know the 8ft one was started from seed. So it can be done.
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#1092308 - 12/19/08 08:52 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: TS_13]
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I have grown persimmon seedlings in the PVC pipe "containers", and it works very well.

I germinated both some apple and pear seeds from a neighbor's farm old fruit trees (they are at least 40-50 years old)- I have no idea of what type they are, but they germinated pretty well (about 40-50% germination). Unfortunately, I only put plastic tree protectors around the ones I set out last year instead of some of my spare wire tomato cages and the deer ate them down to the main "trunk". I need to go back and try to find some fruit that the deer missed and grow up another batch to set out next fall.

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#1092313 - 12/19/08 08:53 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: woodchuckc]
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Those "old homestead" pears and apples are what I'm looking for. They are extremely hardy and disease resistant. Unfortunately, no one seems to know what species these apples and pears are.
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#1092391 - 12/19/08 09:25 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: BSK]
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BSK, provided I can get seed and get them germinated this winter, I'd be glad to start some extras for you. It wouldn't be too big of a trip for you to make it to my place from your Humphreys Co. land, or from one of your client's in the Primm Springs area to pick them up this fall.

Let me know if you are interested.

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#1092494 - 12/19/08 10:26 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: woodchuckc]
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I would love to give it a try. But all the pears have dropped already. The ones I am looking for are really huge but normally shaped pears. Trees have knarly bark and often grow thick and twisted.
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#1092506 - 12/19/08 10:31 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: BSK]
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I have a Pear Tree (domestic) that is at least 40-50 yrs old if not older. i can bear hug it, its big. The pears stay hard until very late, but they are sweet all summer. they are round not like a regualar pear. BSK you are welcome to some seeds, i was up there 3wks ago and it still had fruit on it. they were really sweet!
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#1100249 - 12/24/08 07:53 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: CWT]
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Be aware tht some of these may be root suckers. I planted one that I dug up, cut loose and it didn't produce edible pears like the parent tree, but small ornamental pears like a Bradford. I guess the roostock is Bradford or similar.
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#3157068 - 02/09/13 06:52 AM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: Kbush]
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Mossy Oak has wild deer pear trees I think..
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#3157610 - 02/09/13 05:50 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: diamond hunter]
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I've been told domestic apples don't grow well from seed.

Not sure how true that is.

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#3159733 - 02/11/13 12:04 PM Re: Wild Pear Trees [Re: Doskil]
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The Wildlife Group has some pears that are from old homestead trees like that. I think it's the Aurthur Ledbetter and another. Named such because that's the name of the person who found the old trees on an old farmsite. I've got one of each but at only 2yrs old I can't speak of the fruit they'll produce obviously.
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