How to Care for a Redspire Pear Tree

Overview

Redspire pear trees grow quickly, achieving a height of 35 to 45 feet tall. They are only about 20 feet wide, with a narrow crown that allows them to fit into tight spaces. In the early spring, the tree boasts pure white flowers. Leaves first emerge as a reddish/purple color, then turn glossy green as it gets warmer. In the fall, they turn yellow and orange in the South, but are more subdued in the North. Care for a redspire pear tree to develop a strong structure, keep it healthy and promote good future growth.

Step 1

Plant redspire pear trees in full sun, which they need to thrive. They do well in most soil types including clay, alkaline, acidic, sandy and loamy. Make sure the soil is well-drained.

Step 2

Fertilize your pear in the spring with a balanced liquid fertilizer or use fertilizer spikes.

Step 3

Prune redspire pear trees when they are young to space out the branches that grow laterally. Remove branches growing directly across from one another on the center trunk. Keep branches that are spaced out well, creating a scaffold.

Step 4

Water redspire pear trees once a week if you live in a dry area. They are adaptable to different water conditions, so it's okay if the soil dries out between waterings.

Step 5

Remove dead, diseased or damaged branches and limbs as soon as you notice them. They block sunlight and air circulation from getting to the rest of the tree. Also cut off any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Gloves
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida
  • Sacramento Tree Foundation
  • Creekside Tree Nursery
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