Sometimes called apple pears, Asian pears are native to Asia, as their name suggests. The fruit combines the fragrance and taste of a pear with the mouthfeel of an apple. Gardeners can choose from a number of Asian pear cultivars, but they must plant more than one: Asian pear trees are not self-fruitful, so homeowners need to have two different trees planted to ensure pollination. Plant Asian pear trees from containers in the spring when frost danger has passed for your area.
Choose a site for your Asian pear tree that offers full sun and allows the tree enough room to grow. Clemson University notes that mature trees can reach up to 20 feet in height.
Test the soil pH using a home test kit, since Asian pear trees prefer an acidic soil with a pH of 5.9 to 6.5. Most kits have you take a soil sample, then moisten the sample and touch a color change strip to the soil.
Add sulfur to your soil if the pH is too high; follow The Garden Helper's recommended amount for your soil type and current pH (see Resources). If your soil is already in the suggested range, skip this step. Your Asian pear tree will thrive.
Use a shovel to dig a hole for your Asian pear tree that's just as deep and twice as wide as the plant's root ball.
Remove the pear tree from its container. Massage the root ball between your fingers to break it apart. Untangle any circled or tangled roots before planting the tree. Trim any broken roots with clippers before planting.
Place the pear tree in the prepared hole so it sits at the same level in the soil as it was planted in the container. Make sure the tree is straight vertically.
Fill in the hole with soil, gently packing the soil around the tree.
Water your newly planted Asian pear tree until the ground becomes saturated with water.