Pears are delightful to eat, but the trees are lovely to have in the garden as well. They provide pretty spring flowers, fall colors, and shade. Consider growing Starkrimson pears to enjoy the tree and the fruit too, which are juicy, mildly sweet, and have a pleasing floral aroma.
Starkrimson Pear Info
The origin of the Starkrimson pear variety was simply a fluke. It occurred as what is known in fruit growing as a sport. It was the result of a spontaneous mutation and was discovered on a tree in Missouri. Growers found one branch of red pears on a tree that typically has green pears. The new variety was given the name Starkrimson for its stunning, rich red color and for the nursery that patented it, Stark Brothers. Starkrimson pear trees grow a truly tasty fruit. The pears start out deep red and brighten as they ripen. The flesh is sweet and mild, juicy, and gives off the scent of flowers. They taste best when fully ripe, which occurs as early as August and should continue for several weeks. The best use for Starkrimson pears is fresh eating.
How to Grow Starkrimson Pears
To grow a Starkrimson pear tree in your yard, be sure you have another variety nearby. Starkrimson trees are self-sterile, so they do need another tree for pollination and to set fruit. Pear trees of all types need full sun and plenty of room to grow out and up without getting crowded. The soil should drain well and not collect standing water. With the tree in the ground, water it regularly for the first growing season to help it establish roots. Occasional watering is needed in subsequent years only if there is not enough rainfall. Once established, Starkrimson tree care requires just a little effort. Pruning each year before spring growth emerges is important to keep the tree healthy and to encourage new growth and a good form. If you cannot harvest all of the pears, fall cleanup of fruit may be necessary too.
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Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.
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