History: Sensation Red Bartlett, a sport or mutation of Bartlett, was discovered as a random mutation on a Bartlett tree growing in Australia in the 1930s. Thanks to its unique red skin and sweeter taste, it was eventually introduced commercially around 1960. It is most commonly grown in Australia and New Zealand.
Why We Grow It: A sport of Bartlett, this pear has the best features of its predecessor but boasts a higher sugar content and cheery red skin. For anyone who is a fan of Bartlett pears and unique yet delicious varieties, this pear is an excellent choice.
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: Moderately vigorous and hardy with a spreading growth habit, has good crops. Susceptible to mildew and fireblight but resistant to scab and tolerant of stony pit.
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Partially self-pollinating, this variety will produce some fruit without a pear tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present
Flowering Time: Middle
Ripens: Mid September
Storage: Lasts a couple weeks at most 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