Although the most pretentious cheat in the orchard, Kieffer is grown more commonly than any other pear in North America.
More Kieffer and Duchess pears are planted than any other kind.
Few men would have recognized merit in the seedling from which the Kieffer pear came.
Kieffer and related hybrids are somewhat immune to San Jose scale, but are very susceptible to psylla.
The trees come in bearing remarkably early, and are as productive as those of Kieffer, though hardly as large or as vigorous.
Cultivated varieties seem to have been evolved, until the advent of Le Conte and Kieffer, only by cultivation and selection.
For many years after its introduction about 1870, Kieffer was over-praised by both fruit-growers and nurserymen.
Here, again, the Kieffer suffers most although fruits of other varieties are often disfigured by the blotch.
Worthless for dessert, much can be said for the fruits of Kieffer for culinary preparation.
Among chance seedlings, Mr. Kieffer observed one of peculiar growth which he saved.