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[nafex] Was: Big 4, now pear astringency

At 05:43 PM 11/16/2000 -0600, you wrote:
>Lucky, If you like gritty and juicy both, get an Orient.  It's the closest
>thing I've found to Comice here.

I've got a young 'Orient'(or at least that was the owner's name for it, and 
it looks like Orient , to me), grafted from a huge old tree here in town - 
I'll bet it's got nearly a 2 ft DBH trunk - almost has timber-type 
growth.  I'd had some fruit from it last year and liked them;  picked up a 
few this fall, but the skin was incredibly astringent this year - hope I 
didn't make a mistake grafting this one.  Hopefully the astringency was due 
to our drought conditions.(?)

Grafted some pear rootstocks to an old 'Sugar Pear' for a friend a couple 
of years back - it looked like a Seckel, but fruit was as astringent as a 
green persimmon, all the way through - not just the skin.  The tree had 
sentimental value for her, and I was glad to preserve it for her, but when 
she asked if I wanted to keep one, I respectfully declined.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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