Pears On Quince

I saw some time ago a report of some French experiments in grafting the

pear onto quince root. The report said the fruit produced was much

larger than on any other root.

Most of our common pears will take readily when grafted on the quince,

but the quince transforms them into dwarfed trees. Such trees do

produce, with proper care, very fine fruit. The remark about their being

better than on standard trees refers, however, to other climates than

ours, for California grows just as large pears on standard trees as can

possibly be grown, while where conditions are harder the higher culture

of the dwarf tree and the protection which it requires from climatic

hardships, gives the dwarf tree the advantage. You can get pears on

quince roots from most of our California nurseries.

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