POLLINATION AND PEAR TREES
The majority of pear trees require another suitable
variety nearby to enable fertilisation to occur. A few varieties
such as Conference are self-fertile but they also produce better
crops when a matching variety is nearby.
The question of "what
is nearby" then arises. Bees come to your rescue here because
they will fly several miles for a good pollen source.
So if you live near an allotment or are in a
dense urban area it is likely that other people will be growing
pear trees and amongst these will be several matching pollinators.
Unfortunately, pear trees are rarer than apple trees so this may
not always be the case.
Different varieties of pears flower at slightly
different times of the year but almost all overlap to some degree.
The best way to ensure the best pollination rate is to plant at
least two pear trees which flower at roughly the same time. Pick
partners based on the groupings below.
Early flowering pear varieties include:2 & 3
Louise Bonne of Jersey
William's Bon Chretien
Late flowering pear varieties include:4
Doyenne du Comice
BUYING A PEAR TREE
When you have chosen which variety of pear tree you want and the
rootstock you need to decide if you will buy a bare-rooted tree or a
Cost and timing are the major factors to consider. Potted trees are
more expensive than bare rooted trees, by a significant amount. Against
that, bare-rooted trees can only be planted when they are fully dormant,
normally between mid December and early March. Potted trees can be planted
at any time of the year although even these are best planted in winter.
Our recommendation is to go for a bare rooted tree, ordered online
and delivered to your door from a reputable supplier. There are many
reputable suppliers and recommendation from a fellow gardener is the
best way to select one.
We have used Blackmoor Nurseries (UK only) for two years running and they have
always delivered excellent trees at the correct time. Their website is:
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