The harbinger of spring is generally a welcome and much-anticipated sign of the season. The first robin redbreast. The first chorus of spring peepers. The blooming of the first daffodil. Even that very first dandelion blooming at the base of a south-facing wall is often met with a faint if somewhat hesitant smile.
Growing Asian Pears
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Fortunately, increased commercial production in California has boosted its local popularity and reduced its historically high price tag. It is very different from the European pears we are accustomed to. Commonly grown in China and Japan for centuries, the trees are quite hardy here and can be grown with great success. So you only need the space to grow one tree. The fruit will change from green to yellow when ripe in late summer and fall. The fruit holds well on the tree and stores well once harvested. If planting more than one, space them 10 to 15 feet apart to receive adequate sunlight and air circulation.
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Local sources for these fruits, however, can be difficult to find due to their preference for a longer, warmer growing season. Kentucky native fruit trees are adapted to grow in our varying soil types and withstand our unpredictable weather. The winter-hardy American Plum is a small tree, reaching a mature height of only fifteen feet. It grows wild across the eastern two-thirds of North America, forming thorny thickets that provide habitats for birds and other wildlife. The red to yellow fruit is popular with deer as well as humans.
Of all the tree fruits we grow, my favorites are the Asian pears. The small trees top out at only 12 to 20 feet m tall, making them easy to maintain. Plus, they always make a good crop. Sometimes called Nashi pears or apple-pears, crisp and juicy Asian pears are delicious fresh, and even better when dried into sweet, chewy morsels.