Picking Red Clapp Pears

Asked September 11, 2017, 1:21 PM EDT

I have two pear trees, D'Anjou and Red Clapp. I have picked the D'Anjou because they snapped off as you described. The Red Clapp does not "snap off" like the D'Anjou. Should I cut them off or wait until they "snap off". Also, how long should the Red Clapp be in the cooler.

Missoula County Montana

1 Response

"A general rule of thumb is that, while still on the tree, most mature, ready to ripen pears will usually detach when "tilted" to a horizontal position from their usual vertical hanging position." This is from OSU's When to pick and how to ripen pears to perfection.

I would wait for the Rec Clapp pears to mature int he same way - on the tree. Once they are harvested, they may require 2-6 weeks of chilling for best results. Once they have been chilled, they will usually ripen about one week from removal form chilling.

Here is a link to the article form OSU with most of the information you are looking for:

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

Toby