Fruiting Pear Trees
Pear Trees (Fruiting Pear Tree Varieties and types) are easy to grow and provide a delicious fruit for eating fresh.
Growing your own Pears is a great way of providing fresh fruit being available.
Pear trees are easy to grow and once established crop heavily.
Where to plant pear trees
Pear trees are long lived and easy to grow. The old saying goes ‘plant pears for your heirs’, they are hardy and will last.
The choice of where to plant a pear tree is simple
- A humus rich deep soil is best. However they do cope with poorer soils.
- Pears prefer a climate with a cool winter.
- A sunny position
For the home gardener pear varieties to consider are
- Williams’ Bon Chretien – A mid season variety that is self fertile.
- Packham – Mid season that requires cross pollination
- Red Anjou – Late season good flavour
- Beurre Bosc – Mid season and excellent as a dessert pear
- Josephine – Very late season, sweet and juicy, requires cross pollination
- Winter Cole – Probably the latest variety of all.
Beurre Hardy, Doyenne du Comice and Corella are also suitable for the home orchard, and available for sale in Australia.
When do pear trees fruit
Pear trees will fruit from late summer to autumn, depending on the season and variety. They are best picked a few weeks before ripening, they will keep in a cool dark well ventilated cupboard and can be ripened as required.
Pear trees not fruiting
The first thing to take into account is that pear trees can take a few years to settle in and produce fruit, 3-5 years in general. Other reasons for not fruit on your pear tree include.
- The main problem of pear trees not fruiting can be caused by over fertilization which causes vigorous growth of the tree, but does not encourage fruiting. It may be the application of fertilizer to plants beneath the drip line of the tree as well. So be careful with application of fertilizer, in general good soil structure before planting is the best preparation.
- A second reason for pear trees not fruiting is the wrong pruning techniques. Pear trees that are pruned back each year by having all of the growth shortened tend to produce more stems and leaves than fruit.
- Pears also require cross pollination. Many varieties require cross pollination, ornamental pears can act as cross pollinators for fruiting types.
- Another factor is frost, heavy frosts in spring which can prevent fruit set.
Pear Trees are available for sale online from the following growers and nurseries
Mail order fruit tree nursery with over 200 temperate climate fruit trees.
Heritage varieties and dwarf fruit trees. Apple Trees, Stone Fruit, Nut Trees and Berry Fruit.
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.