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Pear Tree Types

With over 7 varieties of pear trees for you to choose from, we have a little bit of everything!

The Kieffer Pear and Pineapple Pear can be grown across most of the United States. While the Carnes Pear and the Hood Pear prefer warmer southern climates. Check the chill hour requirements for your new pear fruit tree before purchasing and planting.

Perhaps our favorite, the Asian pear cultivars are among the crispest and delicious of all. They do not change texture when ripened and can be enjoyed directly off the tree! They are often called apple pears for their distinct crisp texture.

Pyrus communis pears are easy to grow and make an affordable solution to buying pears from the grocery store. One or two fruit trees will provide you with bushels of pears for years and years to come.

Some pear varieties are self-pollinating, but if planted with more than one variety a better crop will be produced. Most pear varieties need another tree for cross-pollination. These fruit trees will produce showy white flowers in the spring.

Pears can be eaten fresh off the tree, baked into cobblers or pies, or turned into jellies or preserves. There are endless opportunities. A true southern staple!

Our Pear Grow Guide will guide you in the right direction for planting and growing your new pear trees!

How to Ripen Pears off the Tree

Pears do ripen off the tree. They will actually need to be picked before they are ripe and allowed to ripen on the counter for the best flavor profile. The best wat to ripen pears off the tree is to place them in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple. The ethylene they produce helps the pears to ripen and develop full flavor. Yum!

When Do Pear Trees Bear Fruit?

It can take a pear tree between 3 to 7 years for pear trees to bear fruit depending on the variety. Our grafted trees are already between 2-3 years old so they should begin producing in the next 1-3 years. The fruit will be small and will increase in size with every growing season.You will need another pear tree variety in order to produce fruit unless your pear tree is self-pollinating.

Pear Tree Care

How to Prune a Pear Tree

To properly prune a pear tree you will need to have clean, sharp pruning shears or loppers and gloves. Next, start pruning your pear trees by cutting off any dead, damaged, or diseased branches to help get more sunlight and air circulation to the healthy part of the pear tree. Then you can start shaping your pear tree to your desired shape and size. Pear trees like to be pruned in an open center to allow for plenty of air circulation between the branches.

When to Prune Pear Trees

It’s best to only prune pear trees when they are young. You should start trimming pear trees in late winter when they are still dormant or in early spring before the growing season. Deciduous pear trees will lose their leaves over winter and this gives you the best view of the branch structure to help you prune winter dieback and damaged branches. 

Planting Pear Trees

When growing pear trees you will first want to make sure that you have the proper planting site. Pear trees grow best in cooler climates but can tolerate the heat of southern states to an extent. The USDA zones for pear trees are from zones 4-8 across the United States.

To plant a pear tree dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Place the pear tree and fill in the hole with a couple of inches of new soil. Then place your tree in the hole and backfill the hole. Lastly, water the tree thoroughly and water daily for the first month until the tree has become established. 

When to Plant Pear Trees

The best time to plant pear trees is in early spring or late winter right before the growing season and when the weather and soil are at their best. Be sure to choose a planting spot with fertile soil that gets full sun.

How Much Water Does a Pear Tree Need?

It's best to water pear trees at least 2 times a week. It's important to water close to the trunk and soak the entire root system to encourage growth for the pear tree and its fruits. In general, Pear trees should receive at least one inch of water a week in order to thrive and produce pears. Newly planted trees will need about a gallon or 4 liters of water a week.

Growing Pear Trees

To grow a pear tree you will need to ensure that it’s receiving the proper amount of sunlight and water. They need at least 6-8 hours of full sun every day to product fruit. It is best to water daily when the tree is first planted to ensure it becomes established. A strong root system is important for growing pear trees to hold up their tall, thick trunks that will soon be loaded with tasty fruit!

How to Pollinate a Pear Tree

Most pear trees do need another pollinator in order to fruit. There are some pear trees that are self-pollinating pear trees, this means that they don’t need a companion pear tree in order to fruit. Although most pear trees are self-pollinating and don’t NEED a pollinator variety to produce fruit, having one increases, size, and production of the pears.

Asian pear trees are notorious for being self fertile but having another pear tree variety nearby will increase fruit production. Pear trees can pollinate apple trees, but it is best to pollinate trees of the same kind to avoid genetic mutations.

Pear Tree Fertilizer

The best fertilizer for pear trees is a balanced fertilizer of 13-13-13. Our slow release fertilizer is a great option that is well balanced and will last for 1 full year.

How Big Do Pear Trees Get?

Pear trees grow 18 to 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide and can get to about 30 feet tall at maturity. Because of their size it's important to plant them at least 25 feet apart.

When Do Pear Trees Bloom?

Pear trees bloom in the spring from late February to mid-April depending on your location.

Do Pear Trees Lose Their Leaves?

Pear trees will start to lose their leaves in the fall by changing color and becoming spotted. Once winter hits your tree will become dormant and all the pear tree leaves will be gone.

 

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