Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pear Trees ( How To Plant )

               Good day to you all and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.

               Today we have another delicious fruit. We would like to talk about pear and also how to plant Pear Trees. There are lots of different kind of Pears, and Pears are a delicious fruit, but not only that Pears are very good for our health, Pears contain Vitamins C and B complex, Fiber, Potassium and Carbohydrates. The most popular #1 Pear in the world wide is Bartlett Pear since its introduction in 1797. This multi-purpose Pear is a long standing favorite of orchard and home fruit enthusiasts alike.  

               The Bartlett look good growing just about anywhere in your front yard or back yard. Bartlett Pear trees are beautiful trees with dark green leaves in the spring. Bartlett pear trees are load with little white flowers, which will turn into golden yellow delicious pear. Excellent choice for both seasoned and first time fruit growers.    

Things You'll Need

* Pruning shears
* Garden shovel
* Knife  

Choosing a Pear Tree  

1. Go to a local nursery or home and garden shop to buy a pear tree.

2. Choose a 4 to 6 foot high tree with 5/8 inch or more diameter. A 1 to 2 year old tree contains stronger roots and has four or five branches.

3. Consider either trees that pollinate themselves (you need only one) or cross-pollination trees (you need at least two) for fruit. Cross-pollination pear trees need to bloom at the same time; check the tag for matching Pollination Code letters.    

Planting a Pear Tree  

1. Plant trees 20 to 25 feet apart after the last spring frost in an area with all or most of the day sun. Plant dwarf trees closer, 10 to 15 feet, and for small trees like Bartlett, space 15 feet.

2. snip off limbs below 18 inches from the ground with pruning shears.

3. Determine the root spread, then with a garden shovel dig a hole wider than the roots.  

4. Cut the sides of the fiber pot with a knife to plant with the tree, but remove a plastic pot.  

5. Set the tree in the ground and fill hole with dirt. Pack the soil around the trunk.  

6. Water the planting area well.  

7. add soil to build up depressions from the watering.  

8. Ripens in late August.  

***TIPS & WARNINGS***    

* Optimum growing soil is non-gravel, with a pH of 5.9 to 6.5.  

* Soak dry roots of a newly bought tree before planting.  

* Avoid planting Seckel and Bartlett trees together because they can't pollinate each other.  

* Don't plant Waite or Magness trees for pollen because they're sterile; however planting other varieties with the same Pollination Code ensure pollination for these two trees.  

             Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.