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Harrow Delight pear tree

Pyrus communis 'Harrow Delight'

Harrow Delight is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Harrow Delight is an early season disease-resistant Bartlett-style pear. It usually has an attractive orange flush, and buttery melting flesh.

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How to grow

Harrow Delight is cold-hardy to zone 4.

Harrow Delight is a very productive variety, and will tend to over-produce. It is therefore important to thin the fruitlets in late May / early June, this improves fruit size and flavor, and stops the tree lapsing into bearing only in alternate years.

It is not self-fertile, but will readily cross-pollinate with many other mid-bloom pear varieties, including Bartlett.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Harrow Delight (also known as AC Harrow Delight) was developed in the 1970s at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research station in Harrow, Ontario. The main focus of this program was disease-resistance, especially fireblight resistance. 

Harrow Delight characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightVery resistant
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorGreen - lightOrange flush

Similar varieties

  • See also Harrow Sweet
    Harrow Sweet
    A disease-resistant heavy-cropping late-season pear with an excellent sweet flavor for eating fresh.