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I saw a pear tree for sale, a baby tree, inside a SAM's CLUB today.

I would have bought that pear tree. I know a place that is right for it.

But , I bought the Seagate - 4 terabyte external hard drive instead.

I was thinking about it hard . I mean, I really do need to cut down the Pin Oak because it only invites squirrels into our yard and they constantly get up on the roof and try to live in a hollow in one of our Sycamore trees and may have killed it. So, If and when the time comes that I have those two trees cut down, I will simply replace them with a few pear trees because I know that pears do well in Dallas.

At my parent's home , where I once had a rope hammock strung between a pear tree and a Hackberry tree and we used to get lots of juicy pears that we wrapped in newspaper and placed in a paper sack in the closet until they ripened fully to the point they would literally taste like honey, sweet and moist. Very nice pears. So, maybe when I find the extra cash available I can pay to have those two old trees removed so I can plant at least one pear tree in the back and maybe a nice small sized shade tree or maybe a red plum tree in the front where the once proud Sycamore will have once stood. I can't make up my mind yet.

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MegL wrote on March 18, 2018, 3:29 AM

We have two pear trees in the garden planted a few years ago and they bear enormous amounts of fruit. They are both European varieties, I have never heard of the oriental varieties mentioned in the Dallas fruit grower's article. But then, I have never heard of fireblight, either. From the article, it looks like you would be better growing two trees as they will be more productive that way.

VinceSummers wrote on March 18, 2018, 8:35 AM

There was this house, see, near where I live. The inhabitants, I believe were elderly and maybe sick as well, I don't know. But they had these two super-producing pear trees. Well, the people would let the trees fall to the ground and be wasted. I kept passing the house and thought, maybe I should come back one night and make a harvest. But that is a little against the law, like. So I didn't do it. Then I saw the bank seized the property and that was the end of it all. What a waste. Try preserving pears in jars with a little cinnamon stick. And try making pear nectar. Both are scrumptious. I do believe some make a pear pie?

lookatdesktop wrote on March 19, 2018, 12:11 PM

Yes, having 2 trees might encourage pollination by the local bees. I might just do this. I still need to find out which pears do best in the area where we live. They might sell pears at the store but that doesn't always mean they would be best suited to the area.

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lookatdesktop wrote on March 19, 2018, 12:14 PM

I once walked past a house on the way home from school, back in the day, and there was this nice peach tree. I didn't take one from it because it was on private property, but I do know for a fact that when we get some ripe figs on one tree that is next to our back alley, well, either a person walking down it grabbed them off or a squirrel or bird had a quick little meal.

VinceSummers wrote on March 19, 2018, 1:18 PM

I'm sorry. I should have asked your permission, first.

MegL wrote on March 19, 2018, 3:21 PM

The article you linked to had some suggestions for Texas pear trees.

MegL wrote on March 19, 2018, 3:23 PM

Pears can be heavy croppers. I hate to see fruit like that going to waste. A friend takes most of out cooking apples (Bramleys) and pears and makes chutney and jam. This year we had pear and chilli chutney - very nice.

MegL wrote on March 19, 2018, 3:24 PM

LOL. I remember being in Spain once and the farmers grew bunches of grapes in fields open to the laneways. It was a great temptation.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 20, 2018, 8:43 PM

I imagine it would have been a temptation.