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Gift Wrapped 'Conference' Pear Trees

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The details

  • Eating - soft & juicy.
  • Sold as bareroot, normal trees or potted, mini patio trees.
  • Partially Self Fertile.
  • Pollination group A.
  • Best choice for Partial shade.
  • Crops in September. Stores well.
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Potted Tree, gift wrapped in hessian bag
  • Add your own note during checkout & we will handwrite it
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Gift Wrapped Conference Pear Trees: Eating, Mid-Late Season 

A delicious pear and one of the best choices for shadier and colder spots, Conference is the UK's most widely grown garden variety.

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Please inform us of your preferred delivery week

  • To receive it in time for Christmas, we despatch the week of 11th December.
  • Type your gift message in the 'message for Ashridge' box during checkout.



Features:

  • Potted Tree, gift wrapped in hessian bag
  • Add your own note during checkout & we will handwrite it
  • Spur bearer (good for cordons & espaliers)
  • Partially Self Fertile.
  • Pollination Group A.
  • Excellent pollinator.
  • Not recommended for Organic growing.
  • Recommended for Scotland & the North or partially shady sites in the South.
  • Harvest in September, ripen until November.
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators

Pollination Partners for Conference:
It 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.

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:
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.

Did You Know?

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.

It is one of the parents of Concorde.

Planting Instructions

Prepare your site before planting:
Improving the soil helps trees establish quickly and be productive for years. Preparing weeks or months in advance gives best results: fill the planting hole back up, don't leave it open to either dry out or fill with water.

  • Destroy weeds and grass (use Neudorff WeedFree Plus weed-killer for tough weeds),
  • Dig the soil over, remove stones, then mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades, unless you are on heavy clay:
  • On thick clay soil, only dig in some grit to improve drainage and raise the level a little. Then apply organic matter as a mulch over the soil as normal.

Spacing pear trees

  • Freestanding bushes: 15-18 feet (5-6m) between trees and rows.
  • Freestanding half-standards: 18-30 feet (6-10m) between trees and rows.

In general, allow 1 more metre between rows than between trees along the row.

  • Wire-trained cordons: 60-100cm apart along a row.
  • Espaliers: 10-18 feet (3.5-6m) apart.

Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.

Accessories:
For bush and half standard trees, a tree planting pack, which includes a wooden support stake & rubber tie, and a biodegradable mulch mat, with pegs, to preserve soil moisture stops and prevent weeds.

We strongly recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all transplanted trees.

Winter wash and grease are effective, organic pest prevention.