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Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:11 pm
by Fire Sweep Ranch
skyhightree1 wrote:Looks like the bears nor will I get any peaches

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Same here Sky. My first year getting a crop from my white peach and nectarines and we got a horrible case of brown rot! Every stinking piece of fruit rotted on the branch.... I am super sad.
However, my Asian pear and Maxi pear looks great so far! The Hardi Asian pear tree is 5 years old, and this is the first year it has produced fruit. It looks great, along with the Maxi... First year for the Maxi also. The pears will not be ripe for another month, and I drool each night I walk by the trees and see the yummy fruit hanging...
Oh, and my HoneyCrisp apple tree has ONE Apple on it this year, that tree is just two years old!

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:18 pm
by skyhightree1
it stinks we do have a pear tree but havent checked that one i know we got enough black walnuts to last for years though.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:49 pm
by skyhightree1
pear trees loaded hope I get some of them

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Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:46 am
by skyhightree1
these pears were on the ground beneath the tree I figured they would be nice and ripe... WRONG there hard as a rock.. Any tips on how to get these things to ripen and get soft id like to make jelly out of them or something.

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Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:54 am
by HDRider
skyhightree1 wrote:these pears were on the ground beneath the tree I figured they would be nice and ripe... WRONG there hard as a rock.. Any tips on how to get these things to ripen and get soft id like to make jelly out of them or something.

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Put them in a paper sack all together.

My mom makes a pear preserve, using hard pear chunks. Cooking them softens them up. It is great on a hot buttered biscuit.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:59 am
by fenceman
Some types of pears never start to get ripe until they hit the ground. Hdrider gave you the solution

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:12 am
by skyhightree1
Thaks HD I will do that I may try the preserves like that. I may have to use a feed bag cause stores here use plastic. FM usually in previous years they were soft when hit the ground.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:58 pm
by 1982vett
skyhightree1 wrote:Thaks HD I will do that I may try the preserves like that. I may have to use a feed bag cause stores here use plastic. FM usually in previous years they were soft when hit the ground.

Musta had some wind when it rained....... :mrgreen:

Hard pears never really get soft on the tree. Those do look a bit green to me. They should be better when they begin to turn a little more yellow and will get sweeter and jucier. I hate a mushy overripe pear.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:47 pm
by fenceman
I figured that bear of his been shaking his tree again. The little hard green pears grow wild around here, well feral anyway. Grandma used to ripen them in a paper bag and for what it's worth. She would always put a old banana or Apple in with them?

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:56 pm
by skyhightree1
Yea these never get yellow it is a wild tree. :lol2: fm is right the bear had been getting all the lower lying ones not sure how in the he 11 he eats them

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:19 pm
by HDRider
skyhightree1 wrote:Thaks HD I will do that I may try the preserves like that. I may have to use a feed bag cause stores here use plastic. FM usually in previous years they were soft when hit the ground.

I think it has to be paper to get the right combo of breathing and holding the gases.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:00 pm
by skyhightree1
yea im going to do paper feed bag

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:40 am
by lavacarancher
skyhightree1 wrote:these pears were on the ground beneath the tree I figured they would be nice and ripe... WRONG there hard as a rock.. Any tips on how to get these things to ripen and get soft id like to make jelly out of them or something.

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Sky, those kinda look like Keifer pears and if so, they never get soft. They are great canning pears because they stay firm. Just because they are hard (crisp) doesn't necessarily make them bad. I have several pear trees and they are all Keifer and they are delicious to eat, crisp like some apples and really juicy.

On the subject of blueberries what do you use to bring the soil into a Ph range where blueberries will grow. My soil is almost neutral (6.5-7.0) and I've tried everything to bring it into the 4.5 to 5.0 range from ammonium sulfate to sulfur and nothing seems to move it. One of the nurseries in my area told me to use epson salts but I haven't tried that yet. I do have 6 blueberry plants in tubs that are thriving. They were planted last spring as bare rooted cultivars and are now over 6' tall. I used molasses to fertilize after the plant root system was established and that seemed to make them take off. I would like to transplant them but I don't think I can until I figure out a way to get the soil to the right Ph.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:29 am
by skyhightree1
lavacarancher wrote:
skyhightree1 wrote:these pears were on the ground beneath the tree I figured they would be nice and ripe... WRONG there hard as a rock.. Any tips on how to get these things to ripen and get soft id like to make jelly out of them or something.

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Sky, those kinda look like Keifer pears and if so, they never get soft. They are great canning pears because they stay firm. Just because they are hard (crisp) doesn't necessarily make them bad. I have several pear trees and they are all Keifer and they are delicious to eat, crisp like some apples and really juicy.

On the subject of blueberries what do you use to bring the soil into a Ph range where blueberries will grow. My soil is almost neutral (6.5-7.0) and I've tried everything to bring it into the 4.5 to 5.0 range from ammonium sulfate to sulfur and nothing seems to move it. One of the nurseries in my area told me to use epson salts but I haven't tried that yet. I do have 6 blueberry plants in tubs that are thriving. They were planted last spring as bare rooted cultivars and are now over 6' tall. I used molasses to fertilize after the plant root system was established and that seemed to make them take off. I would like to transplant them but I don't think I can until I figure out a way to get the soil to the right Ph.


Yes they are good we made preserves with them my son ate them like apples not sure how but he did. I used epson salt pine needles mixed into the soil. I would tell you this leave them in there until you can get soil straight. I need to try more salt and ammonium sulfate to see if mine produce this year im going to start putting it down now. I should have kept mine in the containers.

Re: Trees fruit/nut

Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 7:54 am
by lavacarancher
Sky, see if your local nursery has ag molasses or gardening molasses. Mix about one cup of molasses/gal of water and pour around the plant. Like I said it made mine come alive.