Harrow Sweet pear scion source?

persianmd2orchardDecember 18, 2012

Hi everyone, was wondering if anyone knows where to find some wood for this?

Sounds like a good combo of disease resistant and fruit quality.

Cummins has trees but no scion. Corvallis doesn't have it available. I have never contacted Richard Fahey @ Catholic Homesteading Movement, but I figured he may be some one to try since he's in NY?

Many thanks.

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I might have some, would need to go look.
Bob Purvis used to have it as scionwood

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 11:29AM
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alan haigh

The variety is still under patent so distribution of wood is not legal- that's probably why wood is not available.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 6:19AM
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Didn't this came up last year in discussing this variety here on GW?
I thought that it was you Harvestman that was lamenting the slow bearing of pears often letting the patent run out on good varieties; so that the folks doing the work were not being fairly compensated for their efforts (all of which I agree with)
I remembered many of the harrow series being used as example....shows why I shouldn't trust my memory!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 7:15AM
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alan haigh

I almost offered some wood but checked the ACN catalogue on-line and they are still charging a royalty for Harrow Sweet. Wish there was a way you could just send the breeding program a few bucks and graft away.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 4:48PM
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How does the patent thing work? I have about 300 trees in my orchard most of witch I paid the patent on. When I am in grafting mode I graft spicific trees and usually have 50 or so scions left. I wander in the woods and along fence lines and quick graft till I am tired of it. Some of the grafts from 98 and 99 from my 80 year old orchard are doing great with no spray or pruning. Can I do the same with some of the newer resistant trees?

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:33AM
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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


Fruit tree patent from 1995 to present will expired in 20 years. Any patent before 1995 will only last for 17 years.


    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 10:05AM
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alan haigh

The intent of the law and the manner it is enforced, I believe, is to stop commercial growers from topworking or setting out their own grafted trees of a patented variety in a commercial setting, although I'm sure the relatively minor royalties received from home growers isn't something just to give away.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 11:16AM
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