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Pear Trees

Looking to add some delicious fruit to your home garden? Look no further than pear trees! These beautiful trees can be a challenge to care for, but will provide you with plenty of delicious fruit after harvest time. Use our guides down below to learn all you need to know about growing and caring for pear trees in your home orchard. Happy gardening!

17 of the Best Fireblight Resistant Pear Varieties

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Fireblight is a devastating and difficult-to-control disease that affects a number of different species. It can kill a pear tree if you don’t catch it quickly enough, but there are some cultivars that are resistant to this disease. Learn about 17 fireblight-resistant pear varieties for your home orchard in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for ‘Bosc’ Pears

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The beautiful ‘Bosc’ pear has an unmistakable shape with distinctive yellow and cinnamon russeted skin. The firm flesh has a honey sweetness with hints of vanilla and spice, ideal for charcuterie boards. Learn more about the history of these fruits and how to grow your own ‘Bosc’ pears in this guide. Read more now.

How to Store Your Pears After Harvest

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Fresh pears are sweet, juicy, and delicious. But most varieties need to be picked green and ripened off the tree before they can be enjoyed. With the right environment your crop can be stored for several months to extend the goodness. Learn on how to store, handle, and ripen pears in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Asian Pear Trees

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Asian pears are a treat for anyone who loves a crisp, crunchy pear. Deliciously firm when fully ripe, nashi pears can be difficult to find in the grocery store. Why not try growing your own? Discover how to plant and grow Asian pear trees in your garden now with this guide. Plus we’ll share our favorite recipe ideas!

How to Prevent and Manage Fireblight in Apples, Pears, and Plums

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Fireblight can quickly infect apples, pears, and plums, leaving them sickly, ugly, and unable to produce as many healthy fruits. Our guide discusses this serious bacterial disease, how to manage fireblight infections in your trees, and even how to prevent infections from happening in the first place. Read more.

9 of the Best Asian Pear Varieties for the Home Garden

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Distinct from European types, Asian pears are firm-fleshed, with mild to sweet flavors, and a refreshing, juicy crunch. The pretty fruit is round and apple-like, and ripens on the tree in colors ranging from pale green or yellow to bronze and russet. Read about nine of the best Asian pears for the home garden here.

13 of the Best Winter Pear Varieties to Grow at Home

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Winter pears are a fabulous treat, with crisp skin and sweet, buttery flesh. Some of the most popular varieties out there are winter pears, like ‘Bosc’ and ‘D’Anjou.’ Then there are the lesser-known types like ‘Rescue’ and ‘Orcas,’ which deserve some time in the spotlight too. Here are 13 options worth checking out.

Winter and Summer Pears: What’s the Difference?

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You’ve probably heard of winter and summer pears, and maybe you’re curious about the difference. There seems to be some misunderstanding about what defines each. It has to do with when the fruit matures on the tree rather than any unique characteristic, though winter and summer types tend to have similarities as well.

How and When to Prune Pear Trees

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If you’re wondering how and when to prune your pear trees to keep them healthy and productive, you might not know how or where to begin. Should you train them to take on a certain shape? Or can you leave them to grow naturally? We’ll answer these questions and more. Find out how and when to prune pears in this guide.

Learn About Pear Tree Pollination

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Pear trees need a pal in order to pollinate and fruit well. Even self-fruitful trees will produce better if they have a companion that flowers at the same time, and it’s all about timing. Learn about European and Asian pear pollination, how it all works, and how to choose the perfect partner in this guide. Read more.

How and When to Harvest Pears from the Home Orchard

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Timing is everything when you harvest homegrown pears. European varieties ripen after picking and Asian pears reach juicy perfection on the trees. Here’s how to know when pears are ripe for harvest from the home orchard, and how to pick them at the peak of ripeness and store some for later use. Read more now.

When and How to Water Pear Trees

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Is your pear tree getting enough water? Are you wondering if you should irrigate? This article covers everything about irrigation including the best methods, timing, and factors to determine the unique needs of your tree. Learn about conservation strategies, new tech gadgets to help, and some bonus tips and tricks.

Pear Tree Lifespan: How Long Do These Trees Live?

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Pear trees are known for their longevity and can live surprisingly long lives. If you want to plant a pear tree, or learn how to care for one, this article talks about factors that determine their survival, and offers insightful ideas you can implement to give your pear tree the best chance at a long and healthy life.

How to Grow and Care for ‘Bartlett’ Pear Trees

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Beautiful yellow ripeness, succulent juiciness, a taste to die for… all of this and more is found in a ‘Bartlett’ pear tree’s fruits. Whether you want to enjoy them out of hand, preserve them, or use them in delicious recipes, are you ready to grow your own? Learn all the necessary tips and tricks in our guide.

How to Propagate Pear Trees from Cuttings

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If you want an orchard of pear trees but don’t want to spend a fortune, why not try growing them from cuttings? It takes time but with a bit of effort you’ll be planting out your own newly propagated trees. Learn how to start pear trees from cuttings in this guide and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a thriving orchard.

11 of the Best Fruiting Pear Varieties to Grow at Home

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European pear trees provide showy spring blossoms, beautiful fall colors, as well as delicious fruit with a soft, buttery texture and a sweet flavor. There are a number of different cultivars available for home gardeners. Learn about 11 of the best common pear varieties to grow in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Fruiting Pear Trees

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Dreaming of a home orchard? Fruiting pear trees are a great choice. They aren’t troubled by most diseases or pests, and deliver bumper crops of delicious fruit. Reap all these rewards by following this guide that takes you through every step, from planting to harvest and eating or cooking. Read more now.