Pollination is as important
for pears as for apples. Though several will be
in bloom at the same time, they are unable to
fertilise each other. The fertile Conference is
unable to pollinate Beurré d’Amanlis;
neither will Seckle fertilise Louise Bonne. They
need another pollinator such as Marguerite Marillat
Certain pears are self-fertile, setting fruit
with their own pollen, but they will set heavier
crops with another in bloom at the same time.
These pears bloom early and one or two should
be planted together: Beurré Superfin, Conference,
Durondeau, Louise Bonne, and Marguerite Marillat.
These bloom in mid-season: Beurré Bedford,
Glou Morceau, Merton Pride, Packham’s Triumph,
William’s Bon Chrétien (Bartlett),
Roosevelt. These bloom late: Doyenne du Comice,
Dr Jules Guyot, Fertility, Gorham, Winter Nelis.
Early and mid-season varieties, and mid-season
and late pears may be planted together, for their
flowering times will overlap. Thus Conference
and William’s (Bartlett) will fertilise
each other. The hardiest pears are Beurré
Hardy, Jargonelle and Durondeau, which will crop
quite well up to 300m (1000ft) above sea level.
Conference, Dr Guyot and William’s are almost
as easy and are the four best pears for any garden.