Plant Diseases/pear


Hi.i have planted ba quince 29 pear root stock last i am going to graft burohardy variety into root stock this year.some told me that this year i have to graft burohardy and next year i can graft the pear of my chocie,while some told me that the burohardy and the pear which i want to graft is to be grafted together without waiting for year.what to do.what root stock will adopt.

Dear Vivek, Glad to hear that you are ready to graft your pears.  I am including my earlier answer about the pear grafting for your convenience (it is fairly easy for me to retrieve earlier answers).  It appears that you should do an interstem graft before you graft the beurre pear variety, and Old Home or Hardy are the recommended varieties to use for this first graft and there may be others that you can use as well.  Don't forget to include another variety for a few trees as pollinators.  I hope this helps.  Sorry for the delay in my answer.  Melissa

Dear Vivek, The quince BA 29 rootstock should cause the tree to grow to about 10 - 15 feet.  I would suspect closer to 15 feet.  The trees will be 1/2 to 2/3 of the standard pear tree size (which can grow very tall#.  This rootstock will produce a very high yield, so even though the tree size is smaller, there will be more pears.  The rootstock is resistant to pear decline, crown gall, nematodes, and root aphids.  This is very good because crown gall and nematodes can be very devastating in your area.  Now about the grafting.  Some pear varieties are not compatible with the quince BA 29 rootstock, so that is why the first year you graft another variety onto the rootstock, wait a year, and then the next year you will graft your variety #which would be the Beurre pear) onto the top of the successful grafted area.  This creates what is known as an interstem.  The rootstock and the top won't work well together so you have to put another graft in between them.  The Bartlett, Bosc, Seckel, and clabb pear are some of those that aren't compatible, but I didn't find the Beurre listed specifically.  However, since it is like a bosc pear that may mean that you will need to do two grafts.  The interstem graft is recommended to be Old Home or Hardy, but you may have another type available to you that will work.  Whoever recommended these pears is probably a pretty reliable source because this rootstock and graft will give you a very high yield of fine quality dessert pears that are delicious and have a hint of rosewater taste.  The pollinators for the Beurre pear would be Bartlett or Bosc, so make sure you have some of those available.  Remember for the pollinators you can use a grafted tree or one grown on it's own, the important thing is to get a tree flowering at the same time.  I think those are all of your questions, but let me know when you have more.  Melissa

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Melissa Johnston


Plant diseases, landscaping, tropical plants, roses, herbs, plant care, grafting, horticulture, plant identification, anything about plants I can likely answer.


35 years experience in various plant businesses, 1984 Certified Texas Master Gardener.

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