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Seckel European Pear
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Our Seckel Mini Pear Tree is a people pleaser. Gourmets will love the subtle notes of spice in this exquisite dessert pear and how they’re accented when the fruit is roasted, poached, or incorporated into an assortment of delightful dishes. Those committed to healthy eating will appreciate the generous helping of cholesterol-fighting fiber in each luscious fruit, not the to mention the nutrients and antioxidants packed within. Kids will adore the Seckel sugar rush—this super-sweet pear is known as the “sugar pear.” They’ll like its child-sized portions, too (this is the smallest of the commercially grown pears). Whatever your motivation, you and your family will eagerly look forward to Seckel season each year when you grow a tree of your own!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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No one is sure exactly when and where the Seckel Pear Tree originated, but it’s believed to have been found growing wild somewhere near Philadelphia by a farmer in the late 1790s or early 1800s. Having been discovered in the wild so long ago, it’s commonly thought of as an American Pear Tree, although it’s more likely that it arose from seeds that German immigrants had brought from the Old Country. In any case, Seckel is well adapted to the weather conditions of the eastern U.S. (many Pears prefer the West Coast climate). This tough heirloom is also valued for possessing a natural resistance to fire blight, a destructive disease that can strike Pear Trees.
Most pears don’t ripen well on the tree. They’re usually picked when the fruit is still hard and then allowed to ripen at room temperature. If left on the tree, they develop an unpleasant grainy texture, and the core may become mushy and rotten. Seckel pears are an exception. You can pick them early, or let them ripen to perfection on the tree.
How to Grow
Plant your Seckel Mini Pear Tree in a sunny, slightly elevated position, where late frosts are unlikely to pool and zap the early spring blossoms. Seckel is partially self-pollinating, which means that it will set some fruit on its own, but yields will be higher with another variety of Pear blooming nearby; the popular Bartlett, unfortunately, is incompatible with it. Be sure the soil is moist but well drained throughout the growing season. Using the Elements™ Watering System and a layer of organic mulch will help to make irrigation simple and effective. Monitor your tree carefully for any potential pest or disease issues, and don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team of growers for assistance if you need it. They are standing by at email@example.com to answer all of your questions.
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