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Growing Pears at Home - Basic Facts

Planting Pears, Growing Pears, Pear pollination, Pear seasons, Pear Pruning, Pear Pests and Diseases


Beautiful in bloom, handsome in full leaf, heavy with luscious pears, attractive in fall, picturesque in winter, pear trees are very beautiful additions to the landscape across the seasons. Easy to grow and productive, pear trees can be very rewarding, no matter how large or small your garden is. There are thousands of varieties of pear of varying sizes, appearances, and flavors. Pear cultivars can be dessert (eating fresh), culinary (cooking) or dual-purpose. There is surely one for you!

Main types of Pears

European pears (Pyrus communis)

They are the most common in American and European markets. Among the longest-lived fruit trees, they tend to be pyramidal in habit with strongly vertical branches. They produce pear shaped fruits, usually with a buttery texture, and sweet, aromatic flavor. Their skin may be yellow red, brown, russeted, or smooth. The fruits do not ripen on the tree. They must be harvested on a scheduled date for each variety and ripened indoors.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Pyrus - Pears
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Attracts Butterflies
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Plant Type Fruit, Trees
Plant Family Pyrus - Pears
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Attracts Butterflies
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