Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Blossom - Pitmaston Duchess
This is the first year I've had any decent amount of blossom on either of my Pitmaston Duchess trials, let alone any fruit. This one is growing as half of an arch, and as yet is quite short but I hope a couple of fruits might set for evaluation. It's a triploid variety, needing two pollinators, but this should not be a problem given the number of other pear varieties in the front, plus the blossom season has been so compressed by the late arrival of Spring that there appears to be more overlap between varieties than in other years.