This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol3", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
A profuse bearer. As the tree is of upright growth it should be planted at the end of rows where a roadway is left, where a drooping or spreading tree would be injured by the passing of vans or trolleys. It is tit to gather at the beginning of October.
A pear very much like the one just mentioned, but larger and of better quality. The tree has a similar upright growth, but is not so hardy, and though a good cropper is nothing like so sure as the Capiaumont.
This Pear is certainly rightly named. It is probably the heaviest bearer among the Pears. The tree has an awkward tendency to run up, and the lateral branches nearly always want propping. When the crop is heavy, or the season dry, the fruit runs small. The quality is poor, but the tree pays to grow where Pears will grow at all, because of its fertility. It is apt to canker and requires the copper sulphate spray in the winter. It is fit to gather at the beginning of October.
This is the best-quality Pear yet mentioned. It is of regular, fairly upright growth; a good bearer. Wants gathering at the beginning of October, and keeping a week or two before sending to market.
This is a Pear grown in Middlesex and Essex; it is a prodigious bearer. The tree is of curious habit, throwing long up-i right branches which bend over when bearing a crop, making the tree like a Weeping Willow. The fruit, when ripe, in November, has a pretty red blush and looks very attractive; but it has no quality whatever, and is only fit for stewing (fig. 353).
A Pear of American origin, large, well-shaped, with red streaks on one side, with flavour somethingiike the old " Williams' Bon Chretien", but less distinct; a good bearer on the Quince, but wants planting with caution, the favour with which it was at first received on the market seems declining. Its season is early September.
Another Pear resembling " Williams' Bon Chretien " both in appearance and flavour. It makes a regular bush on the Quince, and the fruit is large and handsome, but it remains to be seen whether it wili be a market favourite, as the appearance gives a promise of quality which tasting disappoints.
Fig. 353. - Pear. Windsor. (1/2.).
A short, spotted, August Pear. The tree on the Quince is of ragged habit, but a good bearer. It can hardly be said to have made a name on the market yet; but it is a promising Pear and worth trying.
This is one of Mr. Rivera' introductions, and is a valuable Pear. The fruit is of the elongated russet type; the flesh when ripe has a slight pinky tint: it sells well on the market. The tree on the Quince makes a regular bush and is a good bearer.