How to Plant Asian Pears


Asian pears (Pyrus serotina) are a little different from Bartlett and other varieties of pears you might have eaten. They are crunchy, rather than soft, and are not recommended for cooking. They grow in climate zones 5 to 9 (Iowa to Texas) and become ripe starting in August and into early winter. An attractive tree for the landscape, Asian pears can grow to 15 or 20 feet tall. If you live in an area that gets only minor frost, plant your tree in the fall. In colder climates, wait until the soil thaws out in the spring.

Step 1

Select an area that receives full sun and which has well-drained soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole slightly larger than your tree's root ball and then dig in one or two shovelfuls of organic compost, humus or well-rotted manure.

Step 3

Water the planting hole before you plant to make certain it drains quickly out of the hole and to give the young tree moisture that it needs.

Step 4

Set your tree into the planting hole carefully and then fill the hole with the soil you dug out earlier. Gently pat down the soil around the base of the tree and water it again.

Step 5

Fertilize your Asian pear with a commercial fruit tree food three times each year---early spring, early summer and late summer. It is not necessary to fertilize it immediately after you plant it.

Things You'll Need

  • Bare root Asian pear tree
  • Shovel
  • Compost


  • Raintree Nursery: Asian Pears
  • University of Illinois Extension: Asian Pears
  • Utah State University Extension: Plant a Pear Tree
Keywords: Asian pear, Pyrus serotina, fruit growing

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.