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Magness Pear

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:17 am
by PA_Docent
I planted two new pear trees this year, a Magness and Seckel. I bought Magness because it was developed in Maryland so should grow well in this area. The Seckel has taken off, however the Magness has hardly done anything.

Does anyone have experience growing the Magness pear? What ph do pear trees grow best in?

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:08 am
by PA_Docent
Does anyone know what other pear will pollinate Magness besides Seckel?

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:16 pm
by PA_Docent
I have heard from Trees of Antiquity that Pineapple Pear, Red Clapp's, Winter Nellis, or Warren pears will pollinate Magness. If anyone knows/hear of any other pears that would be suitable for pollinating Magness update this string. Thanks

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:54 am
by PA_Docent
I also learned from Boyers in PA that the Potomac will pollinate Magness. Now with the cooler weather the Magness started growing. Hope this new growth hardens off before winter.

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:51 pm
by jimbabb
Asians like Shinko and Korean giant will pollinate and are Fire blight resistant as well as orient and moon glow if you need domestic fire blight resistant varieties

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:35 pm
by PA_Docent
jimbabb wrote:Asians like Shinko and Korean giant will pollinate and are Fire blight resistant as well as orient and moon glow if you need domestic fire blight resistant varieties
Thanks for the suggestion. I have read that Asian pears are good pollinators for European pears, however I do not care for Asian pears and prefer the European. I recently purchased and planted a Potomac pear near the Magness (both of the European pears I have were bread for and are fire blight resistant).

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 1:22 am
by Grafter
Other than Seckel, I don't know what other variety will pollinate the Magness, but from what I've been told, it takes the Magness about 1 to 2 years longer than the Seckel to produce fruit.

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Fri May 31, 2013 7:05 am
by PA_Docent
05/31/2013 Update: The Magness produced flowers this year but set no fruit (it is only the second year in my collection). It will probably be a few more years before it will set fruit. I do not know of any other pear trees in the general area farmland (I walk my dog every day along the country roads). I purchased four European pears (Magness, Potomac, Seckel, and Doyenne de Comice) and one Asian (Drippin' Honey Pear). I bought the Potomac and Doyenne because other nurseries/orchardists recommended these as pollinators for Magness. I decided to purchase the Asian pear to help guarnatee pollination. Hope to report in several years how they produce.

Re: Magness Pear

Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:02 am
by PA_Docent
will post a picture after I charge my camera battery. Magness growth looks good so far.