The most famous name in Pears by far, Conference was raised in Hertfordshire and introduced in 1885. It is an unmistakeable Pear with it’s elegant, long shapely outline. Generally a good yielder and trouble free garden variety.
Conference Pear Tree – season
Can be harvested early October and used from store through until the New Year.
Conference Pear – appearance
Long, narrow olive green becoming slightly yellowish when ripe. Often hangs in bunches.
Crisp and juicy flesh becomes softer, more mellow with storage. Flavour is sweet and mild at all times.
Conference Pear – Pollination
Conference is self fertile so does not need any other varieties to produce good crops. It is itself a good pollinator for other varieties in A,B or C groups.
Tree sizes for Conference Pear trees:
Quince C rootstock
Is the most compact stock generally used for Pears. It can be maintained at an easily harvested 180-260cm’s and can be planted around 150-180cm’s apart. Quince ‘C’ is easily the most satisfactory rootstock for garden use and can even be incorporated into a large – say 24” – container and kept on the patio. Such trees may be restricted below the 180cm mark.
Quince A rootstock
Is more vigorous than Quince ‘C’ and is ideal for orchard planting, grassy area’s and the larger border. It will grow to 250-350cm’s and should be planted not less than 250cm’s apart. A heavy cropping tree suitable for most good soils and situations.