How to Plant an Asian Pear Tree

Overview

Asian pears combine the crisp texture of an apple with the aromatic sweet flavor of a pear. Gardeners can enjoy the fruit without needing to wait for it to soften. Plant Asian pear trees in the dormant season, late winter to early spring. Asian pears can pollinate themselves, but gardeners will enjoy a larger harvest by planting two different trees. Once planted, an Asian pear will bear fruit in two to three years.

Step 1

Choose a location that will offer your Asian pear tree full sun and well-draining soil. Raintree Nursery notes that mature trees average 12 to 15 feet in height, so select a site that offers enough room for your tree to mature.

Step 2

Dig a hole for your Asian pear tree that's twice as wide and equally deep as the container holding your Asian pear sapling. Jab your shovel at the bottom of the hole to roughen up the soil. Take out any rocks, sticks, weeds or debris, so your tree won't have to compete for resources.

Step 3

Remove your Asian pear sapling from its container. Squeeze the sides of the root ball with your fingers to break it up. Unwind any circled and tangled roots before planting, and trim any injured or broken roots with anvil pruners. Trees planted with tangled roots will become strangled due to a lack of water.

Step 4

Place the sapling in the prepared hole and spread the roots out with your fingers. The tree should be planted at the same depth as it was in the container. Once you've checked that the tree is vertically straight, fill in the hole with soil.

Step 5

Water the newly planted tree until the soil compresses around the plant's roots and becomes saturated with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Asian pear sapling
  • Water

References

  • Purdue University: Asian Pears
  • Raintree Nursery: Asian Pears
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