Fruit - raw or cooked. A reasonable size, to 2.5cm
. The flesh is rather hard and harsh, though it becomes soft and sweet when bletted and then makes a very good dessert fruit[K].
There are no material uses listed for Pyrus balsanae.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Pyrus balsanae.
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe in the autumn, it will then usually germinate in mid to late winter. Stored seed requires 8 - 10 weeks cold stratification at 1°c and should be sown as early in the year as possible
. Temperatures over 15 - 20°c induce a secondary dormancy in the seed
. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year.
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Prefers a good well-drained loam in full sun
. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade but does not fruit so well in such a position. Tolerates atmospheric pollution, excessive moisture and a range of soil types if they are moderately fertile
. Established plants are drought tolerant
Hardy to about -15°c.
Plants are growing and fruiting well at Kew Botanical Gardens[K].
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? 1.01.11.21.188.8.131.52.7 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
? Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)