Recommended for Scotland & the North or partially shady sites in the South.
Harvest in September, ripen until November.
Pollination Partners for Conference: Conference will fruit quite well by itself, but the crop size and fruit quality is much better when your trees are pollinated. Conference is in pollination group A. This means that it can cross-pollinate with any tree in Groups A or B. Please see our guide to Pollinating Pear Trees for a full list of partners for Conference.
Rootstocks: Conference Maidens, Bushes & Standards are grown on "Quince A" rootsocks. These are suitable for espaliers and free standing trees. Our Conference Cordons are grown on dwarfing "Quince C" rootsocks.
Growing Conference Pear Trees: Rich soil is important - dig in plenty of good manure and compost before planting. Soil drainage must be good. The more sun your trees get the better your crops will be.
Diseases: Conference has some susceptibility to Canker, Mildew and Scab. If you spray your trees when necessary, there should be no problem, but this is not a good tree for organic growing.
History & Parentage of Conference: Bred by Mr Thomas Rivers from Leon Leclerc de Laval and an unknown variety. It is named after the National British Pear Conference of 1885 where it was first displayed.
Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order. Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest. You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.