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Moonglow

Moonglow

Moonglow is a high-quality early-season pear. The fruits are large with a sweet flavor, reminscent of Bartlett and Comice from which it is descended.

As with most pears, pick slightly early and then ripen indoors. Newly-picked fruits will have some acidity and can be used at this point for cooking.

Pyrus communis

Moonglow pear trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Quince A rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

Moonglow is very resistant to fireblight, one of the most serious diseases of pears.



History

Developed in the 1960s by the US Dept.of Agriculture as part of a program to develop pears which were resistant to fireblight. Moonglow is a cross between an old variety called Roi Charles de Wurtemburg and an experimental variety called Michigan 437 which was derived from Bartlett and Comice. This parentage explains its good flavour characteristics.



Moonglow characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):mid-August
    • Picking season:Early
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1 week
    • Food uses:Eating fresh, Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:3
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Precocity:Precocious
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Good
    • Fireblight:Very resistant
  • Climate

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

    • Country of origin:United States
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour:Green - light