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Merton Pride' Dessert Pear Tree - Bare Root

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Merton Pride' Dessert Pear Tree - Bare Root
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This compact, deciduous pear tree produces oval green leaves and scented white flowers in spring. In autumn you will be able to harvest its sweet, yellow-green fruits, which are undoubtedly one of the best quality English pears. Created from a combination of the English 'Williams' pear and the French 'Glou Morceau', this pear is known for its juicy, buttery flesh. Pick when fruits are still hard, and allow to come to ripeness indoors. Prunus communis 'Merton Pride' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.


Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: white
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 3-4m
  • Rootstock: Quince A - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Comes in a: no pot - root wrapped
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Flowering Period: spring (April - May)
  • Harvesting Period: September
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Uses: eating fresh, cooking, baking
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Self pollinating: no - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Rate of Growth: max. height in 5-10 years
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: clay, loamy, sandy
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 3 - 4.5m

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun or partial shade location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination

  • Pollination Group: 4 (triploid)

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is not self pollinating and it is also a triploid, it therefore requires two other trees nearby. They all must be of the same fruit, but of a different variety, that flowers during the same period. The trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Merton Pride' trees, they will not pollinate each other.

These pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one tree is planted near another apple tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2,3 or 4).

Please note: triploid trees need at least two other trees in order to pollinate and produce fruit. They will also not cross pollinate another nearby tree.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops.

Fruit Tree Rootstocks

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:

  • The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
  • How it’s pruned
  • Soil type
  • Position
  • Its rootstock
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.

Where you grow your fruit tree and the soil it is growing in also impacts on its ability to grow and thus eventual size. Most fruit trees need a good amount of sunshine to grow well and for the fruit to ripen with high sugar content. Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for the soil, with trees growing in light sandy soils generally growing more slowly and not reaching such a large size as those in rich fertile soils which will be more vigorous and taller growing.

RHS Award of Garden Merit

The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.

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This is a typical example of our root wrapped trees that you will receive - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season. Please be aware that the compost around the roots is there just to keep them moist and will fall away when unwrapped, leaving a bare-rooted plant. You can mix this compost with your soil when planting your tree.

 
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Rating: 5/5

"Good robust tree - see above - thanks"

Reviewed Monday, 23 March 2015

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