Royal Riviera Pears – Will Seeds Grow Same Pears?

Q: We got a box of delicious Royal Riviera pears from Harry & David Gifts. If we plant the seeds will they grow the same pears?

A: It’s not likely you’ll have success. In the first place, because you don’t know exactly where the pollen came from that produced the seeds, the resulting tree might not yield anything that looks like the fruit you received. Royal Riviera is simply a trademarked name of a type of Comice pear grown in Oregon. Like Bartlett pear, this fruit does not do well at all in Georgia. Fire blight bacterial disease usually wipes out these trees after just a few years.

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