How to Transplant Pear Trees


Pear trees cover many acres of orchard in the United States. They tolerate a variety of climatic conditions, but they must have at least 1,000 hours of winter weather below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Pears bloom three to seven days before apple trees. Pear trees like deep soil and good drainage. Of all the fruit trees, they are the most tolerant of wet soils. The roots can be underwater for a couple of days without sustaining damage. Pear trees should be transplanted as dormant trees in March to early April.

Step 1

Remove your pear tree from its container by tilting it on its side and working the roots out of the plant pot. Add some pressure to the plant pot and roll it on the ground to help loosen the soil.

Step 2

Soak the root ball in a large bucket of water for 30 to 60 minutes before planting. This helps prevent the roots from drying out while being transplanted.

Step 3

Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and at least 18 inches wide. Scrape and loosen the soil on the sides of the hole. This will allow the roots to grow out of the planting hole later.

Step 4

Place the pear tree in the hole at the same depth as it was planted in the container. Set the roots of the pear tree 4 inches below the level of the soil.

Step 5

Fill the hole halfway with soil around the pear tree roots. Pour 2 gallons of water in the hole. Fill the hole in the rest of the way with soil. Tamp the soil down by walking around the tree. Water the area with 2 more gallons.

Step 6

Wrap the trunk of the tree at ground level with hardware cloth. Keep it loose to allow tree growth. This prevents rodents from feeding on the pear tree bark. Spread a 2-to-4-inch layer of mulch like wood chips or pieces of bark around the pear tree to preserve moisture and reduce weed growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Fire blight can kill infected pear trees. This disease appears on a pear tree as blackened leaves and branches. It is prevalent in humid conditions like those on the East Coast of the United States.

Things You'll Need

  • Pear tree in container
  • Large bucket
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Hardware cloth
  • Mulch


  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Growing Pears in Virginia
  • The University of Kentucky: Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
Keywords: pear trees, transplanting pear trees, planting fruit trees

About this Author

Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.