Fruit - raw or cooked. The flesh is crisp-fleshed like that of the Asian pears and is ready to eat when picked. It requires no further ripening and can store for several days to several months
. Occasionally eaten fresh, it is more commonly cooked in pies, preserves etc
. A sour taste
. The fruit is up to 8cm long and 5cm wide
There are no material uses listed for Pyrus x lecontei.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Pyrus x lecontei.
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. This species is a hybrid and is unlikely to breed true to type from seed.
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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
Plants are hardy to at least -15°c.
This hybrid species has a greater resistance to fireblight than either of its parents though the fruit quality is poorer
. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties
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? 1.01.11.21.31.4 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
? 2.02.12.22.22.214.171.124.72.82.9 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)