Posted by M. D. Vaden on July 08, 2003 at 23:30:17:
In Reply to: Pear Tree Overload? posted by Andina on July 08, 2003 at 14:15:43:
I'm great with pruning, but lame on knowing fruit varieties - but, I do recall that at least one pear can, or should be woody when it is picked.
It just needs to sit and ripen - not cooking.
Also, an apple gives off a gas that speeds fruit ripening.
1. That's a good reason not to leave fallen apples under an apple tree.
2. If you put an apple in a bowl of those pears, slightly covered, it should accelerate the ripening.
You may as well lighten the fruit load. Just snip the stem.
In fact, you may want to prune back to a new end farther in too.
M. D. Vaden of Oregon - www.mdvaden.com