All About the Bartlett Pear
The Bartlett pear is also known as Pyrus communis, which is its scientific name. However, this pear is also frequently called everything from the Williams’ Bon Chrétien to the European pear. Believe it or not, most countries that grow pears grow this variety. Throughout this article we will examine all you need to know about growing the delicious fruit as well as other interesting facts.
The Bartlett pear is generally a lighter green to yellow color. Most people prefer to teat this fruit when it is solid yellow and smells sweet, which signifies that it is ripe. Rest assured that minor marks on the peeling are common for these pears and should not keep you from consumption. There are a variety of different uses for this pear. Obviously it is frequently eaten alone as a fruit, but it can also be baked, canned, or placed within your favorite salad to add a naturally sweet taste. Be sure to keep from eating pears that are heavily bruised or contain a variety of soft spots; these symptoms generally signify an old pear that is not fit for eating.
Most people recommend picking these pears when they are still hard and green. From here you either place them in a shady region or bring them indoors for ripening. If left outside in the shade, they generally take approximately a week before fully ripened and ready to be consumed. Therefore, if you decide to purchase a pear from your local market or grocery store, it is okay to get a relatively hard and green pear and allow it to ripen inside your house.
When growing the Bartlett pear, note that this plant is not tolerant of drought or severe winter temperatures. Furthermore, it does best in plant hardiness zones four through eight and with plenty of sun exposure each and every day. These fruit trees tend to mature to around twenty-five feet and should be planted at least twenty feet from other trees or objects. Be sure to place this tree in full sun so that it receives the minimum of six to eight hours of sun per day. This tree produces white blooms and has shiny green foliage that makes it an excellent addition to most landscapes. Blooms appear during sometime during April or May.
Furthermore, anyone planting this fruit tree should make sure the soil is rich. As with most fruit trees, watering is required, especially until fully matured. Note that once the tree is planted it will generally take up to seven years before the first sign of fruit. Even though it takes a while to start producing fruit, they tend to produce fruit for anywhere from fifty to one hundred years making it worth the wait.
The main drawbacks about this plant are its lack of tolerance to even the slightest drought as well as an inability to live in extremely cold weather. The plant prefers warmer days and relatively cool nights. However, with proper watering and a close attention to the plant’s condition, the gardener can help compensate for very minor droughts by watering frequently.
In conclusion, the Bartlett pear is extremely popular in most countries. Not only are there a variety of uses; the trees tend to produce fruit for quite a while after full maturation (up to seven years). As with most fruit trees it is essential that the plant receives adequate sun exposure every day and is planted in a hardiness zone that supports the plants needs. All in all, the Bartlett pear makes an excellent addition to most landscapes and produces delicious food that is not only tasty but also healthy.