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02/03/2013 at 20:03
02/03/2013 at 23:56

Your message didn't appear.  I think quince is used as a rootstock on pear trees, but I don't think it is used as a pollinator.

I know nothing about this so I'm open to correction.  Look on the RHS site; there they will give the pear pollinators;  some pears self-fertile some diploid and some triploid.  This is entirely from memory so I suggest you do some research.

03/03/2013 at 10:20

I have self fertilizing Quince and I have a pear,so I am hoping this year the pear will produce.

03/03/2013 at 20:31

hi, thanks for the replies, basically I have a very small garden with a large wall and I hoped I would get away with planting one large trained tree. I already have a quice growing along my fence and couldn't find anything about cross polination though I know it is used as a root stock. I suspect it isn't going to work. I'll have a look at the RHS website as suggested. thanks for your help. 

03/03/2013 at 20:57
Not sure quince will pollinate pears but I have a sense it does. Against a wall an espalier pear would do well. Got room for two? I grow espalier and a couple of cordons that take up minimal room and look good, I think.
04/03/2013 at 07:29

I'm fairly certain that quince will not pollinate pears - I've checked and double checked on the web and can't find anything about this and I'd have thought that if it worked there'd be something out there.  

I'm  growing a Concorde pear as an espalier 'fence' along one side of our terrace - it is self-fertile but I hope it will be 'helped' by our neighbour's Conference which is in the right pollination group.

I'm with Verdun, I'd go for a couple of cordons if you don't have room for anything bigger 

04/03/2013 at 08:45
I've learned something new today. Just assumed because pears are grafted on to quince stocks that quince would help pollinate them. Eating your own pears is a far more enjoyable experience than shop bought ones
11/03/2013 at 15:45
Thanks for the advice, I'll have a look at a couple of cordons and see if I can squeeze them in, lots of nice blossom and hopefully a few pears can' t be bad!

Cheers Janet.
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