Pear Beth

Pear Beth

An early to mid-season dessert pear, Pyrus communis Beth is a cross between pears Beurre Surfin and William’s Bon Chretien. The fruit is small with a rather irregular conical shape, with yellowish-green skin, sometimes tinged pink on the side facing the sun. The white flesh is sweet, melting and juicy, with a wonderful rich flavour, reminiscent of the finest French pears. It is not a pear for cooking, as it tends to disintegrate with heat. The tree has an upright habit, and will need pruning to an outward-facing bud to encourage more open growth. It’s a fairly compact spur-bearer, early into bearing, and a heavy, reliable cropper. Thin pears in June if necessary. The fruit is picked before it is ripe, and is ready when it tastes sweet but is still firm; pears are ripened indoors until they are perfect for eating. Pear Beth holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Site: Sheltered, sunny site
Soil: Fertile, deep, well-drained, neutral soil
Position: Full sun; avoid frost pockets
Pick: From late August to early September
Keep: September
Hardiness: Hardy
Pollination: Pollination Group 3; good pollinator for other pears
Uses: Eating

Type | Size: Bareroot 1yr
Rootstock: Quince A
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