How To Grow Pear Trees

With the looming global food crisis threatening mankind, many people have explored the possibility of planting fruit trees in their own backyards. To tell you frankly, this is one idea that you should never pass up. There is nothing more fulfilling than eating fresh fruit that you grew yourself. Take pears for example, tasting the sweet nectar they provide with each bite is better experienced if you raised the trees the bore them yourself. Furthermore, when the time comes where food becomes scarce due to climate change and overpopulation, you will be ready. That said here are some tips on how to grow your very own pear trees.

  • Growing from seed. This is the basic way of growing pear trees. Planting the trees by way of seeds is pretty easy however; expect to wait awhile before you see any yield. Technically, it will take you 10 to 15 years for the tree to mature and bear fruit. Nevertheless, growing the tree from the seed is something that can be rewarding, knowing that you nurtured the tree from ground up. The only drawback you will probably notice with using seeds will be that you will need to germinate them prior to planting. The most common germination process used will consist of enclosing the seeds in a moist paper towel, sealing the seeds wrapped in the towel in a sealable plastic bag, and storing it in a refrigerator for about 90 days or so. When the time is up, you can now plant the seeds. To plant them, you will to use a container with good drainage and soil mixed with compost that is tightly packed around the seed. Once the seedlings appear, then that is the time you can transfer it to the ground to grow as a tree.
  • Growing young trees. If the approximately 15 year wait is too long for you, then you may want to consider using young pear trees instead. You can purchase these at your local garden supply store. Once you get home, transfer the tree onto your yard. Make sure that the soil is sandy with a lot of compost mixed in. The area should be dug deep enough to embed the tree roots and should be adequately hit by sunlight. Prior to the transfer, you will want to immerse the tree roots in water to make it moist. Once you get to transfer the tree, insert the roots into the dug hole and push it down. Stabilize the tree by compacting soil around it. You may want to tie the tree around a tall wooden pole that is stably entrenched near the tree to prevent the tree from uprooting or falling down should strong winds come passing by.


With regards to watering and fertilizing, you can water the young tree sparingly especially if rains are not uncommon in your area. For fertilizer, you can use general fertilizer specifically designed for fruit trees. This should be applied once as the tree is young and once before every fruiting season.

 

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