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ECOS Pear Seeds

Packet of 20 seeds, ECPE-S $5.40
Diversity on a Global Scale---Using only large fruited Asian pear types with relatively low astringency and higher sugar levels for 2021.

Our Ecos pears were developed from a single tree in Michigan whose Pakistani origins crossed with neighboring Asian and European pears. Fruits vary from 1-3 inch in size. Fruit is slightly tart and delicious processed into sauce syrups and jams. Tolerant to every soil type except wet. If you love grafted uniformity then run away from this mix, otherwise plant in abundance as the trees are incredibly healthy and vigorous compared to their cultivated cousins.  We collect only from the largest fruiting specimens. These tend to be tart pears with some astringency within the skin. The flavor tends towards the Asian pear and shapes are usually round.  Seeds are consumed by squirrels and chipmunks which make them a valuable wildlife food. Fruit is eaten by whitetail deer and many bird species. Probably the most valuable fruit tree on our farm for its attraction to wildlife.

To germinate the seeds:  Plant in the fall 1/4 inch deep in sandy soil. Use a light compost to cover the seeds 1/8 inch deep. Tamp the seeds into the soil to hold them in place.  Seeds will emerge in early spring and are quite frost tolerant.  Place seeds 1 inch apart in the row. 

For indoor germination:  Store in lightly damp Canadian peat moss for 90-120 days at 33-39 F in the fridge. Seeds will sprout in roughly 60 days and will continue to sprout slowly in the refrigerator.  After 120 days, remove the remainder of the seeds and normally they will all continue to sprout in 1-2 weeks. When potting keep in mind the depth you are planting so the seed head is close to the surface of the soil and not overly buried. This is true with a lot of the pears and apples. Watch for mold with the fridge method.

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Pyrus x communis x calleryana x pyrifolia
Seed Source Michigan
Hardiness -20F or more
Height (ft) 30-70
Width (ft) 30-40
Pollination Requirements Almost always self fertile.
Soil Sandy loam to pure sand. Very adaptable but not wet soil.
Climate Appear fully fire blight resistant in the south. Very rare do we get 'strikes' in our orchard. Appear hardy into zone 3-4 without winter damage.
Ease of Cultivation Useful for rootstock, white tail deer as well as new flavor profiles for pear which currently reside in the bland camp. Easy to fruit from seed in 4-6 years once trees reach 2 inches in caliper.