Pear "Klappa's Favorite" - a popular summer ripening variety

Pear "Klappa's Favorite" - a popular summer ripening variety

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Pear "Clapp's Favorite", or "Clapp's Favorite", refers to varieties obtained by American breeder T. Clapp as a result of hybridization of the Williams variety. The description assumes a summer ripening period. Many domestic gardeners know the variety under the names "Favorite" and "Favorite Klappa".

Description and characteristics of the variety

Trees in adulthood are medium-sized or strong-growing, characterized by a fairly fast growth and development rate. The crown is sparse, pyramidal in shape, gradually turning into wide-round. The peak flowering occurs in the medium term. The flowers are quite large, with little terry, white, collected in inflorescences.

The fruits are large enough, weighing up to 225−235 g, ovate-elongated or short-pear-shaped, expanded at the apex, covered with delicate, smooth, slightly tuberous skin. The surface is yellowish-green, at the stage of complete ripening, the color changes to yellow with a bright carmine blush. Under the skin are numerous small, subtle points. The stalks are medium, slightly curved.

The flesh is snow-white in color, with good indicators of juiciness, tender and melting. There is a light aroma and a very pleasant, sour-sweet taste. The chemical composition is as follows:

  • slightly less than 14% solids;
  • slightly more than 8% of the total sugar content;
  • 0.4% titratable acids.

The ascorbic acid content is just over 6 mg per 100 g. Taste according to the results of the tasting is estimated at 4.8 points. The fruits are universal and well suited for fresh consumption, for preserving and obtaining dried fruits. It bears fruiting on the 7th – 8th year after planting in a permanent place.

How to choose the right pear variety

Landing Features

Planting a pear in the spring should begin in late April and end in the first decade of May. A pear is a heat-loving plant, so the landing area should be lighted, even and dry. You can not plant fruit seedlings in the shade or lowlands, with shading. Qualitative and nutritional indicators of the soil are also very important for growing pears. The soil on the site should be air- and water-permeable, loose, rich in nutrients and able to hold the moisture necessary for the growth and development of the plant. The issue of landing should be approached very carefully, as the pear is very difficult to transplant and often dies as a result of such events.

A high-quality pear seedling suitable for producing a highly productive plant should be as strong and absolutely healthy as possible. The best survival rate is observed when planting pear seedlings whose age does not exceed one or two years. The stem part and branches of the seedling must have sufficient elasticity. The root system should be long and branched, without the presence of visible damage. Dead areas of the roots should be carefully trimmed to a living place. Soaking the root system of a pear seedling for a day in water with the addition of heteroauxin gives a very good result.

The standard technology for planting pear seedlings is as follows:

  • for planting in the spring, the landing pit should be prepared before the first frosts, around October or November;
  • the average dimensions of the planting pit should be approximately 60–80 cm, the depth on heavy soils is not more than 1–1.2 m, and on the lungs a depth of 70–80 cm is sufficient;
  • a soil mixture based on garden soil, two buckets of humus, the same amount of coarse sand, with the addition of a glass of superphosphate and 1/3 glass of potassium sulfate should be filled over the drainage layer;
  • before planting seedlings at a distance of 25-30 cm from the central part of the pit, on the south side, it is required to install a wooden support peg;
  • special attention requires the location of the root neck of the plant, which should be approximately 5-7 cm above the soil level.

For irrigation, it is recommended to make special holes with a diameter of not more than 20−25 cm in the trunk circle. The final stage of planting is abundant watering of the planted seedling with a flow rate of 20-30 l of water. In order to maintain stable soil moisture indicators, it is recommended to mulch using peat or humus.

Care Tips

The measures for the care of pear plantations include a whole range of necessary processes that allow plants to provide the most favorable conditions for growth, development and fruiting:

  • at the stage of kidney swelling on pear trees, fertilizer compositions are added with a high content of nitrogen-containing substances;
  • at the stage of mass flowering, it is advisable to feed the pear with nitrate at the rate of 25-30 g or urea at the rate of about 70-80 g for each square meter of the trunk circle;
  • in the middle of summer it is very useful to feed the pear with phosphorus or potash fertilizers or apply foliar top dressing;
  • a prerequisite for the proper feeding of fruit stands is the addition of fertilizer by abundant watering;
  • despite the fact that adult pear trees tolerate soil droughts quite easily, irrigation measures are very important at the stage of active vegetation;
  • tree trunks should be systematically cleaned of weeds, and after irrigation or rain, shallow loosening of the soil is carried out.

Particular attention is required to form and trim the crown. Forming pruning should be used in the first years after planting, which will create the basis of the crown and stimulate plant growth. In addition to forming, trees need supportive and anti-aging pruning. However, it should be remembered that a strong pruning of the branches provokes their active growth or, as experienced gardeners put it, causes growth to the detriment of the correct formation of the crown.

Harvesting and storage

As a rule, gardeners harvest at the stage of incomplete ripeness of the fruit for maximum storage. Harvesting is preferably carried out in the morning. The peduncle should be left intact, firmly attached to the fruit, which contributes to long-term preservation. Fruits that are damaged or affected by disease should not be stored. Fruit should be stored in a ventilated clean container installed in a cool room.

Gardeners reviews

The advantages of the variety include good winter hardiness, undemanding plants to soil conditions, as well as regular and fairly abundant fruiting. Reviews about the fruits are positive, due to the excellent taste, external attractiveness and the possibility of universal use of the harvest. When growing, it should be borne in mind that the variety belongs to the category of self-infertile, and it is recommended to plant well-known varieties such as Bere Giffard, Williams, Forest Beauty and Olivier de Serre as the best pollinators.

How to plant a pear

It is important to know that, despite the undemanding soil composition, fruiting occurs on light soils earlier, and on heavy and clay soils the onset of the productive period can be delayed. According to the observations of gardeners, the variety grows very poorly and develops in areas represented by too wet soils, with poor drainage, saline or with high occurrence of groundwater. In the conditions of home gardening in dry seasons, the fruits are prone to chopping and severe damage by tinnitus, which should be taken into account when developing a regime of irrigation and preventive measures.