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Pears; Early Bon chrétien

Cultivar;Early Bon chrétien

Clone Number; unknown                                                                                               


Royalties/ Levies; not enough data

Yield;  medium to high

Fruit use; fresh, canning, drying

Type; oblong-ovate-pyriform


Water requirements; roughly 158080 litres per hectare per year 

Sun requirements; full sun, 6 to 8 hours at least

Chill hours; 600 hours

Pruning; best done at end of winter, remove any branches that are facing downwards, as well as any branches that are at an angle of 60 degrees or more to the trunk. Removing dead/diseased branches as well as those branches that are hogging sunlight/ overcrowding the tree is also recommended. Never remove more than 25% of the tree in any one season.

soil requirements; fertile, loam or sandy soils with pH ranging from 6 to 7 is optimum

Soil depth; at least 50cm

Fertiliser requirements; Nitrogen and Potassium are recommended for good leaf, flower and fruit growth, phosphorous promotes healthy root systems, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Boron, and zinc aid in bud and fruit set.

Pollination requirements; pollenizer needed

Successful test-crosses; Forelle

Bloom time;September 

Harvest time;December/ January

Vigour;  strong

Size and shape; semi upright

Tree age;  starts fruiting well in it's 3rd to 6th year

Average life span; can live between 35 to 50 years depending on the rootstock used.

Susceptibility to pests and diseases; normal, can have signs of blister bark

General notes; 

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