History: Meigetsu is an Asian pear that originated in Japan. The word 'meigetsu' roughly translates to 'beautiful moon' or 'grand moon.' Its name could also be a shortened version of 'Chushu no Meigetsu,' the Japanese name for the harvest moon in September.
Why We Grow It: Meigetsu Asian pears are pleasantly sweet with the flavour and aroma being compared to pineapples, watermelon, and butterscotch. The flesh is somewhat softer than other Asian pears, making the texture more akin to that of European pears.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
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: Vigorous and produces good crops. Moderately 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: Early
Bloom Colour: White
Ripens: Late October
Storage: Keeps until February when stored in cool, humid conditions
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking
Size including roots:
1m+ Whip: 100cm+
1m+ Branched: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more