Description of Humbug Pear Trees & Fruit:
This delicious eating pear has very special skin, with unique vertical stripes that make them almost too pretty to eat. The skin is also very tough for a pear, which means that they store extremely well. They are a sweet, juicy eating pear and the flesh is firm enough to hold together when you cook them. It isn't just the fruit that are stripy, the young shoots are too and look very nice in late winter and early spring.
The tree is hardier than most pears, so we recommend it if you live in the North or Scotland.
It is best to pick these pears during October and leave them to ripen in a cool, dry place for at least 2 months before you eat them and they will keep until March without refrigeration.
Characteristics of Humbug Trees:
Pollination Partners for Humbug:
To make fruit, all pear trees need to be pollinated by another variety. Humbug is in pollination group C.
This means that it will cross-pollinate with trees in groups B, C and D
Please see our guide to Pollinating Pear Trees for a full list of partners for Humbug.
Growing Humbug 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.
Details about delivery sizes: <a "color: rgb(0,="rgb(0," 0, 255);" href=" /fruit-trees-sizes-guide"title="Fruit Tree Shapes">Guide to Fruit Tree Sizing.
History & Parentage of Humbug:
This Ukrainian pear is known as the Easter Pear over there, because it is common to save them for the Easter celebrations at the end of March, which shows how well this pear lasts in storage.