Ripening Pears

Asked August 13, 2016, 11:58 PM EDT

I have a 25? year old, semi-dwarf, Bartlett Pear tree in my mixed-fruit orchard here in Colton, Oregon (20 min. south of Oregon City) that bears like a good fellow whether it gets sprayed in February or fertilized...or not! The pears NEVER ripen on the tree, or picked and placed inside, or placed in a bag with a ripening banana (I had hopes for that suggestion)! We have lots of other fruit so just kind of ignore the pear tree, but it has always bugged me. By the way, not even bugs will eat these pears, nor the deer! You could pound nails with these pears! I just would like to know if you have any super- secret, pear-ripening insights that I could try. Our elevation is about 1,100 ft. Thanks for being willing to share your expertise! Joyce Hartenstein

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Hi Joyce,

Have you tried chilling your fruit prior to ripening?

I think you may enjoy this article from a few years back:

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/node/413