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<b>Pear Blossom</b><p>The mixed buds of pears produce multiple flowers and leaves from each bud. The flowers are borne in inflorescences of 6 to 8 flowers each. Some pear variations can even produce up to 14 flowers per inflorescence. Unlike apples, where the development of the "king flower" is first, in pears the second flower above the base opens first. Each flower has a five-cleft calyx and 5 white (sometimes rose-coloured) sepals. There are 15 to 20 stamens and a single 5-carpellate ovary. Each carpel produces 2 ovules, and the fruit then matures as a pear with not more than 10 pips. With low sugar content in the pear nectar (2-17%) and its unpleasant odour, the blossoms are not very attractive to honeybees. Pears flower 10 to 14 days earlier than apples. Pear trees are essentially self-sterile and need cross pollination from another pear variation with coinciding blooming period to ensure adequate fruit production.
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