The smooth and sweet Bartlett pear is a European pear hardy in USDA zones 5 through 7. The fast-growing Bartlett pear tree will easily attain heights and widths of up to 20 feet, growing into attractive landscape trees in a sunny growing location. Select a suitable growing spot and plant Bartlett pear trees in the spring to enable the trees to use the entire growing season to establish. By late summer, your pear trees will produce an abundant harvest of juicy pears.
Spread a tarp near the digging area.
Prepare holes for the pear trees. For effective pollination and fruit production, you must plant more than one pear tree within the same landscape. Dig holes for the trees, making them deep enough to plant the trees at the same depth as they are in the temporary containers. Make the holes approximately twice as wide as the root systems to enable you to spread the roots out in the holes. As you remove the soil, place it onto the tarp for mixing with compost.
Add compost to the soil on the tarp at a ratio of 1 part compost and 2 parts soil, mixing the two materials well on the tarp.
Remove the pear trees from their temporary containers and place them into the prepared holes. Spread the roots carefully and fill the holes approximately two-thirds full with the soil and compost mixture. Add water to the hole, allow it to absorb and then finish filling the hole with soil. Tamp the soil down firmly around the tree so the tree is at the same depth as it was previously growing.
Prune back small pear trees without branches so they are approximately 3 feet above the soil level immediately after you finish planting them. If your pear trees are shorter than 3 feet tall, do not cut them back. If your pear trees have branches, only remove any branches that grow low on the trees (less than 1.5 feet from the soil) or branches with crotch angles less than 45 degrees.
Fertilize the newly planted pear trees approximately three weeks after planting. Sprinkle 1/2 lb. of fertilizer evenly over the soil, spacing the fertilizer approximately 1 1/2 feet away from the trunk of the tree to avoid burning the root system. Water the trees generously immediately after fertilizing them.