Easy To Grow Pear Trees

Easy To Grow Pear Trees

Pear trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow in your yard. Pear trees do well in both warm areas and frosty northern climates. Northern gardeners should plant pear trees on a northern or eastern-facing slope to avoid early blooms that will be damaged by frost. Southern gardeners should provide pear trees with afternoon shade. When growing pear trees, it is important to choose a sunny spot. Once you have settled on a location, it is time to start digging. Dig a hole that is approximately one and one half times as large as the container that your pear tree is planted in. As you remove the soil from the hole, place it on a plastic garbage bag or a tarp. This makes it much easier to shovel back into the hole later.

After your hole is complete, it is time to add something to enrich the soil. If you are lucky enough to have access to compost or well-rotted livestock manure, you have the perfect amendments. If not, visit your local garden center for bagged compost. Adding organic matter is important for several reasons. It adds nutrients to the soil and it helps the soil drain and hold water as necessary. This prevents the roots from drowning or drying out. And with proper care, your pear trees can consistently provide fruit as well as add beauty to your landscape.

Pear Trees In The Garden

Pear Trees In The Garden

Pear trees, like many other fruit trees now grown around the world, originated in central Asia.

Outdoor Garden With Pear Trees

Outdoor Garden With Pear Trees

Pear trees can reach 40 feet in height at maturity.

Fruit Pear Trees In The Yard

Fruit Pear Trees In The Yard

Most pear trees need pollen from another cultivar to set fruit. However, some cultivars have been known to set an adequate number of fruit without a second cultivar. The reason for this is not well understood and fruiting is unreliable. If you desire consistent fruit it is best to plant two cultivars with compatible pollen, or be certain there is a pear tree in a neighbor's yard.

Backyard Garden With Pear Trees

Backyard Garden With Pear Trees

There are approximately 30 species of pear trees in the world and many more varieties, but all of them share some similar characteristics.

Asian Pear Tree In The Garden

Asian Pear Tree In The Garden

Pear trees benefit from a stake at planting. Tying the tree to the stake encourages a straight trunk and allows the roots become well-established. The stake can be removed after a few years.

Fruit Pear Tree In The Garden Yard

Fruit Pear Tree In The Garden Yard

Pruning pear trees is very similar to pruning apple trees. There are many methods of pruning and training these trees, which can become a bit overwhelming if you take it too seriously.

Outdoor Garden With Pear Tree

Outdoor Garden With Pear Tree

The common pear tree is most recognizable by its fruit, but can be identified any time of the year by looking at other characteristics.

Pear Tree In The Outdoor Yard

Pear Tree In The Outdoor Yard

Most pear trees are pruned and trained to allow a central, main stem, or leader, be the foundation of the tree off of which side branches, or scaffolds grow.

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