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Growing Pears

Growing Pears

Potomac Pear

Potomac Pear item #30871

 Hardy fruit trees available in both Asian and European types and in Standard (16 to 18 feet tall at maturity) or Dwarf (12 feet tall) sizes. Dwarf Eurpoean types usually begin producing fruit in 3 to 4 years, while Standards take 5 to 6 years to begin bearing. European Pears are somewhat self-fertile, but are most productive when two varieties are planted. Asian Pears produce round fruit and begin fruiting 2 to 3 years after planting, but need two varieties for pollination. Both types are hardy to zone 5. Store bare root trees in a cool place not in direct sun until ready to plant. Can soak the roots in water for a few hours to hydrate trees. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen the soil 18 to 24 inches deep and wide enough for roots to fit without being bent. Mix compost or other organic matter in loosened soil. Spread roots out evenly and trim off any that are damaged or broken. Plant slightly deeper than when in the nursery.


For well-drained sites in full sun. Benefits from support while becoming established, especially in windy areas. Requires annual pruning for best growth and fruiting. Remove prunings, dropped fruit, and fallen leaves to reduce pest and disease problems. Benefits from mulching.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other fruit trees include Apples, Peaches, and Plums.

Complimentary Products

Pears are moderate feeders and benefit from fertilization each year. Exclude deer with 7 X 100 Foot Deer-X Fencing (52107). Bonide Fruit Tree Spray (50310) can treat both pest and disease problems.

Product Recommendations

Use All Seasons Spray Oil (50002) in early spring to help control overwintering pests.

Pear Facts

Easy-to-grow and care for, but benefits from preventative spraying to prevent insect and disease damage. Asian types are very productive and may benefit from thinning the fruit. There are over 3,000 different varieties of Pears.


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