pears brown in center

marricgardensAugust 26, 2012

Our pear trees, about 8 years old, are now bearing fruit. We were eager to taste them and the outside was delicious, however when we bit down further, there was brown around the core. What causes this? A fungus? These trees were labeled as '3 variety' trees when we bought them. Any advice? Marg

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alan haigh

That happens with many types of pears when allowed to ripen on the tree- unless it's the result of codling moth, in which case the seeds would be eaten and you could see a tunnel.

Many varieties of pears need to be picked when still hard, stored for a couple weeks in the fridge and then ripened at room temp for about a week to soften. Otherwise they rot in the center by the time the outside is perfect or sometimes the flesh is very grainy.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 2:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marricgardens

Thanks! I didn't know that about pears. We get very strong winds here sometimes and more than half the pears fell off the tree. Could we have collected them and put them in the frig? Marg

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 3:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alan haigh

if they are sweet and hard. If they are still bitter they don't seem to improve a lot in my experience.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Where to buy Titan, Vernon, and Ochlockonee Blueberry plants?
I live in East Texas between DFW and Texarkana off...
sidpost
Suburban backyard "orchard" (Z6 SE NY)
Hello all. I have a new to me house and yard (Zone...
cottage_cheese_z6ny
Prime-Ark Freedom Chill Hours
For anyone wondering, Prime-Ark Freedom appears to...
Jay Part Shade (Zone 10B, S21, Los Angeles)
Luisa plum
Hey guys I just ordered a luisa plum for next season...
plumstupid
Plum tree
My plum tree has new growth. I remember a couple of...
tim45z10
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™