We're taking a break from this variety to grow a few others and shuffle the selection around. Stay tuned for it to return to the docket next season!
History: Harvest Queen is another pear variety that was introduced by the pear breeding program at the Harrow Research and Development Center in Harrow, Ontario. It was introduced in 1972.
Why We Grow It: Harvest Queen has bright yellow skin. It is similar in appearance and flavour to Bartlett, although slightly smaller. As an added bonus, it ripens right before Bartlett for those extra keen to get that great Bartlett taste.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 4
Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring.
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Hardy and productive. Very resistant to mildew and fireblight.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different pear variety (European or Asian) that blooms around the same time
Flowering Time: Middle
Ripens: Early September
Storage: Keeps about a month when stored in cool, humid conditions
Recommended Use: Fresh eating
Size including roots:
- 1m+ Whip: 100cm+
- 1m+ Branched: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- <1m Whip: less than 100 cm