Pear (Dwarf) Growing Guide

Pear (Dwarf)

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Moist, well-drained soil with a near-neutral pH.

Position

Moist, well-drained soil with a near-neutral pH.

Frost tolerant

Yes, but it is important to choose varieties known to grow well in your area to reduce risk of losing blooms to spring freezes.

Feeding

Benefits from a mulch of well-rotted organic matter in spring, topped by a deep mulch of wood chips or sawdust year round.

Companions

Garlic and Tansy. Corridors within the orchard that are planted with clovers and other legumes contribute to soil fertility and attract pollinators.

Spacing

Single Plants: 2.50m (8' 2") each way (minimum)
Rows: 2.50m (8' 2") with 2.50m (8' 2") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Prepare a large hole by breaking up the soil and adding plenty of well-rotted organic matter. A wide hole is better than a very deep one. Mulch after planting, and encircle the trunk with a wire cage or protective pipe to protect the young tree from animal and insect pests.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Prune in winter to remove any dead or overcrowded branches and to shape if required. Most varieties need at least one other pear tree in the neighbourhood to get good pollination. Healthy pear trees will bear for decades.

Harvesting

Harvest pears before they fully ripen, and ripen under cool indoor temperatures.

Troubleshooting

Very cool or hot weather can affect ripening, and leaving fruits on the tree for too long can cause them to rot from the inside out. Scab and other fungal diseases can cause problems for pears. Prune to improve airflow and avoid feeding with too much nitrogen.Fire blight can be controlled by trimming off and destroying affected areas as soon as possible. This bacterial disease strikes suddenly in cool, damp weather, and causes branches to look like they have been burned by fire. Codling moths can destroy crops of young fruits; trichogramma wasps can be used to control them, but insects are generally less of a problem with pears than with other tree fruits.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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