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How To: Growing Pear Trees In Pots And Containers

Updated on June 21, 2012

Simple Advice And Easy Tips For Growing Pear Trees In Pots And Containers

Pears may not be as popular as apples but they are still one of the most commonly enjoyed of the hard fruits, and it’s no wonder why. They have a succulent sweet flesh which makes them a joy to eat as they are, but they are also ideal for cooking in deserts and savoury dishes, and for making into drinks. A refreshing drink can be made simply from pressed pear juice, but also there are varieties of pear that are used to make what is becoming the increasingly popular alcoholic drink called Perry.

Pear trees are relatively easy to grow as long as you choose dwarf varieties that are ideally suited to pots and containers. You will need two of a similar variety to ensure cross pollination; otherwise you’re unlikely to produce any or very little fruit. The varieties chosen must blossom at similar times. Another option is to purchase a tree that has more than one cultivar grafted onto the rootstock. This will in essence allow for the one tree to self pollinate, ideal if you really only have space for one.

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When growing pear trees in pots, it is ideal to have them situated in sunny spot, but also sheltered from any strong winds. When planting in the pot, provide the tree with support by attaching the trunk to a stake. The pot or container chosen needs to be at 24cm deep to ensure enough room for the roots to grow. This will make the tree stronger and healthier.

Choosing the design of the pot or container. Your pear trees can be used as an attractive feature to your garden or outdoor space. With this in mind, it pays to compliment them with a suitable pot or container that matches the splendour of the trees, especially when they are in full blossom.

Pruning the tree should take place in early spring. Pruning is essential to allowing air to circulate around the branches. Prune the tree so there are spaces between each branch, removing any that cross over another or rub against them. Avoid pruning when it is wet to avoid the increased risk of the tree being affected by disease.

Your tree will need feeding in order to stay healthy. There are chemical fertilizers on the market but bear in mind that one of the benefits of growing your own is that you can control what your fruit have been treated with, and it’s much healthier to you and the environment to enjoy your fruit grown organically. A simple spraying of seaweed feed can often be adequate to keep your tree healthy.

Ensure the tree is regularly watered to prevent drying out. If the tree does not get enough moisture, this can result in a failed crop. A good soaking is better than more frequent light sprinklings as this will ensure the moisture reaches deep into the pot. This will encourage the roots to grow deep and make for a healthier, stronger tree, less affected by changes in the frequency of watering. A good way to help prevent evaporation of the moisture is by mulching the top of the pot with bark mulch or shingle.

Pear trees can make an attractive addition to your garden or outdoor space. They add height and character as a feature, as well as providing you with your very own home grown fruit.

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    • jasmith1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrian Smith 

      6 years ago from UK

      So glad this is useful for you. Happy growing!

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      Roberta McIlroy 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for writing this hub. I love pears and have been wondering about growing my own. This is so helpful to me at this time.

    • jasmith1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrian Smith 

      6 years ago from UK

      It's good to know isn't it? I think it is a common perception.

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      6 years ago

      Quite useful tip, I never imagined it is indeed possible to grow pear trees in pots.

      I though they were too big to adapt to growing into a pot.


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