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Conference

Conference

Conference is the most widely-grown pear variety in the UK. It crops heavily and reliably, and will grow in most situations.

It is also one of the few pear varieties to be reliably self-fertile, so you don't need another pollinator nearby. In turn it is a good pollinator for many other pears.

The skin is usually partially covered in golden-green russet.

Pyrus communis

Conference pear trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince Eline rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince A rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Pyrus c. Kirchensaller rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)


How to grow

Conference is one of the easiest pears to grow, being less fussy than some other pear varieties, tolerant of late frosts and strong-growing.

Unusually amongst pears, Conference is effectively self-fertile. However nearby pollination partners will help cropping - try Doyenne du Comice or Williams.



History

Conference was developed by the Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, in the second half of the 19th century. It is thought to be a seedling of a continental variety called Van Mons Leon Leclerc.

It was named after the National British Pear Conference held in 1885.



Conference characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-September
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit):2-3 weeks
    • Food uses:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Suitable for beginners
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Precocity:Precocious
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
    • Fireblight:Some susceptibility
    • Scab:Some resistance
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates, Mild damp climates, Warm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Green - light
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit