bruce Fine wrote:just wondering--do you need a license or permit to keep bees in Marion county?
when I moved I contacted the state about what I would have to do to take my bees across state line and that's where you need a license and hives have be inspected by FDOA. and turns out Georgia has built a bee firewall and its very difficult, expensive and nearly impossible for a hobbiest bee keeper to transport bees out of Florida.
bruce Fine wrote:certain thing naturally grow well in certain places. theres a reason why for example cherries do well in places like Washington and Michigan and apples also grow well in the north and almonds in California and peaches in Georgia and South Carolina and citrus in Florida, high bush blueberries in New Jersey and the latest rabbit eye varieties not far from you in huge plantings in places like floral city
Nick Neufeld wrote:This page suggests having two other varieties for pollination.
It also notes that it's a late blooming flower. I suggest looking for two other late blooming varieties that work in your growing context.
greg mosser wrote:all the kieffer trees i know around here don’t have any other pears around and reliably produce.
greg mosser wrote:what about them are you looking to know? and what in particular are you hoping to pollinate with them? i don’t have any at my place, so don’t know much about how well they pollinate other things, but there are a few trees around my area.
the pears themselves are okay eating but are generally considered a pretty low-grade pear. they tend towards having more ‘sand cells’ than any other pear i know, never lose their crunch, so they never get that ‘melting’ pear flesh from the better european pears in their ancestry, and while somewhat sweet, don’t have much of the more complex flavors of the asian pears in their ancestry. a friend likes to press them as if for cider, and then boil that down to a syrup, which makes a pretty nice pancake-syrup like product. trying that with other pears concentrates the flavors to the point that they get unpleasant, since tannins and acids (when mixed with the sugars) are what make most good pears taste so good. kieffer is a bland enough pear that it works.