Pear, Blake's Pride
Pyrus communis 'Blake's Pride'
3/8 - 5/8 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root
Sourced from NY
Yellow fruit. Fire blight resistance.
Other Names: Purys communis L.
Lineage: US 446 x US 505 in 1965 by H.J. Brooks
Native to: Developed in 1990s at Ohio State University, named after Roland Blake. Selected for fire blight resistance and flavor.
Flower Color: White
Fruit Color: Yellow
Fruit Size: Medium
Type: Fresh eating, storage, canning, baking
Harvest in: About 6 years
Harvest Window: September
Mature yield: 50-150#
Mature height: 10-15 ft
Mature width: 12’
Growth Rate: 8-20 inches per year
Light Requirements: At least 6 hours per day
Water Requirements: 1 gallon or 1 inch of rainfall per week
- Year 1: none
- Years 2-4: ½ cup per year per plant (loose recommendation, please follow label)
- Years 5+: 1 cup per plant (loose recommendation, please follow label)
- Fertilizer: 13-13-13 granular applied in Spring
- Soil pH: 6.0-6.5
Disease: Moderate resistance to fire blight
Note: Blake’s Pride has been grafted onto rootstock OHxF 97, a fire blight resistant clonal Rootstock.