Blight-resistant pear variety gives hope to Ontario growers

The Harovin Sundown pear, which offers winter hardiness as well as fire blight resistance, is encouraging Ontario horticulturalists to rethink their attitudes to pear production


When Niagara-on-the-Lake fruit grower John Thwaites wanted to diversify his operation, the fire blight resistance of a new, Canadian-developed pear variety caught his attention.

Thwaites planted 4,000 trees of Harovin Sundown pear on four acres this spring and was installing trellises in mid-June to support the trees. The trees are growing well and he expects to have his first pear crop in four years.

Better Farming - August/September 2011