Jul 20, 2020

Kieffer Pear Tree A Cat And A Dog

I'm excited because most of the pears are still hanging on the tree!  We've rarely gotten a crop to make it the entire ripening period. Strong winds or storms will come and make pears drop or break limbs. Holding our breath for pears this year.

The cat and dog love to sit under this tree it is one of their favorite spots in the yard.
These two make us laugh daily!

Today's post is pictures of the pear tree and these critters. I really think this is a variety to have in the home orchard. We have another pear on the property it is an Ayers and let me tell you in many years we've yet to see even one bloom. When I purchased these two they were said to cross-pollinate, but I've added another variety a Bartlett this year to try and get them to bear. For now, here at least the Kieffer appears to be a winner.

I'm busy in the kitchen canning tomatoes today and hoping to make more to can.  We do love tomatoes around here and homegrown home-canned just can't be beaten!

This tree is loaded!
We've lost some and I've pulled some so others would have room to grow

Happy Animals
This cat and dog act like brothers and that's a blessing!

I see moldy spots and probably should spray but hate to use anything if I don't have too
The leaves are clear of them thankfully

The variety is Kieffer
It is a great storing pear for eating and nowadays people tend to cook with them and forget they are a good eating pear that has long been around

The Kieffer pear has been around since the 1870s, resulting from a natural cross between an Asian sand pear and a European Bartlett at Peter Kieffer's fruit nursery outside of Philadelphia.
It has a crisp texture like an apple and was used in canning. credit & story

I hope that I can successfully cross-pollinate the Ayers pear tree that would be great! Have the Bartlett known also as the Williams Pear off to a good start so hopefully, in a few years, it will be producing as well!

Did you know that pears are ready to harvest before they are ripe? They don't ripen on the tree! The trick is to learn when to harvest them and how to ripen them off the tree. (I didn't know that).

Growing and Care of Pears here

Ways to tell when it's time to pick pears here, here and at StarkBros here

Guess I'll leave you today with warm thoughts
I hope you're safe and healthy
We're trying to stay busy here keeping occupied that seems to help
Please be in prayer for our nation and it's people

2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


  1. Wow you have a good looking pear tree! It is full of fruits! I am not a big fan of pears but I have eaten them grilled and they are pretty good!
    The cat and dog are precious and I can see how they would make you laugh. Haha.

  2. WOW! Just look at those pears! Whew! I think it is being guarded by the cat/dog combo. Hope you have a really good week, Dolly. xo Diana