Asian pears in Edmonton?

pricklypoppyJune 6, 2014

Hi,

Does anyone try to grow Asian pears in zone 3? I found one called Taylor's apple pear from Greenbarn nursery. It is rated as zone 3. However, after reading Konrad's recent experience with this nursery, I am hesitant to place any order with them. Does anyone have different sources for Asian pear? or simply it is too cold here for Asian pears?
Thanks!

This post was edited by pricklypoppy on Fri, Jun 6, 14 at 13:58

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Actually, I wanted that one but for some reason didn't get.
I bought a total of 10 trees,..most of them were dead when I got them late May.
Have Kenko, Shinseiki, Xiang.
I can't evaluate on trees what are dead or almost dead at planting time,...have asked for refund, they said plant them, I did, but I'm not good in resurrecting the dead, it's now wait and see. I'm loosing a year on this,..
worst tree order ever! Close to $ 600.00!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 3:58PM
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pricklypoppy

Hi, Konrad,

Did they promise to refund your money? From what I read on the net, some people did not get their refund.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:42AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

No refund,..had to plant the dead trees, ..only the Mulberry looked good, some looked dead, some near dead, will see in a couple of weeks if anything will push out.

Please don't buy anything there,..this is fraud!

see link,..

Here is a link that might be useful: Got my tree order in...think some were shipped dead!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 12:52AM
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twrosz

Konrad, what an awful shipment you received from Green Barn, that's the worst nursery stock I've ever seen and a very frustrating and needless loss of your hard earned funds. To be told that these had went through an "oven chamber" while in shipment is simply pure bs because of condition of the mulberry in comparison, and there is no excuse for the terrible graft on the 'Taylor's Gold' plumcot. I had been interested in some items and had emailed Green Barn to enquire, though did not hear back from them and I'm glad for that!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 10:56AM
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mattpf

Don't waste your time.
I had a shinsiki last four years this spring he was dead.
It was my favorite tree too very nice tasting from the stores I was lucky Home Depot had one and rated zone 5. I gave it a trial
It even got winter protection. Last week it went into the fire pit.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 10:11AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

For the most part it's true but Taylor's apple pear, rated zone 3
would be worth a try, I have zone 5 fruiting pear and plums producing.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 1:15AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

>>To be told that these had went through an "oven chamber" while in shipment is simply pure bs because of condition of the mulberry in comparisonExactly!
Now, he's blaming post again that it took too long,..that's a lie!

The 10 trees are about 3 1/2 weeks in the ground and 50% have no sign of live,...have mailed pictures and said,...

Hello Ken,
these pictures from yesterday,..
It's now over 3 weeks and I'm showing you the trees what have no sign of life, the rest, for the most part are pushing,
some have a few leaves, overall, very disappointing. [Only Mulberry looks healthy]

Please, I would like full refund on these 5 trees.

Best Regards,

Konrad

He's still blaming Post Canada..

Konrad...yes the photos do not look good but the cambium tissue still looks alive on most.....suggest you cut back to a few inches above graft to see if you can get the roots to push some new secondary buds. The trees seemed to have been mishandled beyond normal shipping stresses as they all left our farm well packed and alive. You can check with Post Canada to see why they took so long to deliver your order and make a claim against them. We do not give refunds but will replace any dead trees this fall or next spring.

Ken

My reply,..

So, you're still trying to blame post again, first they oven fried it and now it took too long. NO, it didn't, it came at normal time frame, (regular shipping).
They should have been shipped allot sooner! (Some were dry and dead at shipping, only Mulberry looked good)

If oven fried or blaming post Canada, why Mulberry looked in
perfect shape?

I will cut them, but fact is, these
trees are way beyond normal
and even if something will shoot
out, these new "late growth" will
most likely kill the tree in winter
since no proper hardening off!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 9:35PM
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twrosz

Good that you stood your ground with Green Barn. So, they are willing to replace what trees do not grow and let's hope those look a whole lot better! Maybe, ask them to take a photo of the trees just before they are shipped.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 1:23AM
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