What Climate & Soil Grow Pear Trees?

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When selecting a fruit tree for planting at home, pear trees are a popular selection. But before purchasing a fruit tree, it is important to understand the climate and soil requirements necessary for pear trees to thrive.

Climate

  • The Bartlett, Bosc, D'anjou, Kieffer and Shinko pears prefer climates where the average low temperature is between -30 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Shinseiki, Blakes Pride and Potomac varieties prefer slightly warmer conditions and can thrive with averages only as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Time Frame

  • It is best to plant a pear tree in late winter or early spring, between late February and early April in the northern hemisphere.

Moisture

  • Pear trees do not thrive well when conditions are too dry, making humus rather than sandy soil preferable.

Acidity

  • For the best fruit, the soil for a pear tree should be slightly acidic. As the soil becomes more alkaline, iron is leached from the pears, according to Backyard Gardener.

Considerations

  • Smaller pear trees (dwarfs and semi-dwarfs) produce fruit more quickly than standard trees in any type of climate or soil conditions.

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