Growing Food

Fruit Trees: How to Grow Pears and When to Plant Pear Trees in Your Backyard Fruit Orchard!

Pear blog post
Pears are incredible both by themselves and also in our favorite juices! Our kids will just eat an entire pear like an apple! There are many varieties of pears and they have different temperaments for your climate. This blog post talks about how you can grow your own pears with our free From Seed to Spoon Mobile App.

How to Grow:

It is best to plant fruit trees after your last spring frost. You can also plant 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App. Dig a hole that is a few inches bigger than your pot the pear tree has come in. Pear trees like loose soil so if you need to, dig wider to loosen soil. Plant your pear trees apart by 15-20 feet in the full sun.  Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water your pear tree regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Basil Marjoram Potatoes
Carrots Mint Tomatoes (Bush and Vine)
Celery Nasturtiums Raspberries
Chamomile Parsley  
Chives Rosemary  
Cilantro/Coriander Sage  
Dill Stevia  
Garlic Summer Savory  
Lavender Sunflowers  
Lemongrass Tarragon  
Marigolds Thyme  

See companion plants for 70+ foods in our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web app!

Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for pears:

Learn more about how to manage pests and attract beneficial insects in our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App!

Harvesting:

Pear trees will begin to produce pears within 3-5 years. You will know when pears are fully ripe by the color change from green to yellow. Ripe pears should come off the tree with only a slight twist and pull and still be hard.

Cooking & Eating!

Pears fresh off the tree are amazing! You can store them in the refrigerator for almost a week. They are fantastic simply fresh, or can be included in juices, jams, pies, canned, or frozen!

 

Learn more about growing over 80+ different foods, including how to manage various pests in our FREE iOS,  Android, or new Universal Web App!

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