Great Fruit & Vegetable Guide by Ann Baggaley

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Prone to mildew and brown rot. 0 5 1 q 6 2 unsuitable for containers early spring some resistance hardy self-fertile (early) late summer 0 5 1 q 7 2 unsuitable for containers early spring or fall no resistance hardy partially self-fertile (early) mid- to late summer 60 TREE FRUITS ‘Giant Prune’ A reliable and prolific cropper also known as ‘Burbank’, this tree bears large, oval, purple-red fruits that keep well. The purple flesh is excellent both for cooking and for fresh eating. This variety also has good frost tolerance and disease resistance.

The vigorous, long-lived heirloom is a triploid. This crisp, juicy apple has been grown for centuries; it is a favorite for sauces and baking. Hardy and large, the vigorous tree is usually sold on semi-dwarfing rootstock. Plant two other early-blooming varieties nearby for best yield. 0 5 1 q 7 2 unsuitable for containers early spring or fall no resistance hardy needs 2 pollinators (mid) early to mid fall 0 5 1 q 7 2 unsuitable for containers early spring or fall some resistance hardy needs 2 pollinators (early) mid- to late summer 42 TREE FRUITS PEARS Pyris communis When harvested at their sweet and juicy best, pears are simply unbeatable.

Pears need to be kept in a cool, dark place. Ensure that fruits are not touching each other, and check regularly for signs of rot. Wasps (left) will target existing holes in fruits to feast on the sweet flesh. Pear leaf midge (right) cause leaves to roll and turn to red then black in color. 46 TREE FRUITS ‘Gorham’ Bearing a dual-purpose pear with a sweet, musky flavor and smooth-textured, juicy flesh, this is a moderate to good cropper with upright growth. It is a good pollenizer for other varieties, especially ‘Doyenne du Comice’, and is partially self-fertile.

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