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Fruits in Slovenia - Pear Blossom

Fruits in Slovenia - Pear Blossom

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Datum izida:9/22/2004 7:29:00 AM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Pear Blossom
Tisk:DELO Tiskarna, d. d. , Ljubljana
Izvedba:4-colour offset
Papir:Chancellor oba free, L. S. PVA GMD 102 g/m2, gummed
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Fruits in Slovenia - Pear Blossom

<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 &quot;king flower&quot; 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.