Planting Bartlett Pear Trees


The scientific name for a Bartlett pear tree is Pyrus communis. Bartlett pear trees produce fruit with yellowish-green skin and white flesh. These trees grow well in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 9. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Bartlett pear trees can grow between 12 and 20 feet tall, and 12 to 20 feet wide. If you'd like to have fresh pears, you can plant your own Bartlett tree.

Step 1

Place the pear tree in a location that receives full sun.

Step 2

Test the soil with a soil test kit. If the pH test comes back less than 6.5, add lime.

Step 3

Dig a hole larger than the root of the tree, using a shovel. The roots should rest naturally in the soil instead of being compacted.

Step 4

Soak the roots in a tub of room-temperature water for one hour and set the Bartlett pear tree in the hole you dug. Fill the hole back up with soil.

Step 5

Water the tree well. The soil must remain moist until the roots have established themselves in your soil.

Step 6

Apply fertilizer when the roots have established themselves. This can take up to three weeks. Texas A&M University recommends using 1/2 cup of 13-13-13 fertilizer. Spread it in a two-foot circle around the base of the tree.

Step 7

Mulch around the base of your tree to keep weeds from becoming a problem. You don't have to use mulch if you have the time to pull the weeds by hand.

Tips and Warnings

  • When you add soil back in your hole, get it around the roots to avoid creating air pockets. Tapping the soil when you are done will also help get rid of air pockets.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Soil test kit
  • Lime
  • Tub
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch


  • Arbor Day Foundation: Pear, Bartlett
  • University of New Hampshire: Growing Pears
  • Texas A&M University: Home Fruit Production--Pears
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