How to Propagate Pear Trees From Cuttings


The pear tree, native to the more temperate regions of Europe, is an ornamental fruit-bearing tree. It will grow well in full sun and a slightly acidic soil; if you own a pH testing kit, aim for a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5. The pear tree is hardy to USDA Zones 4 to 9. Once your cutting is rooted and planted in the garden, it will require very little care. It will not, however, bear fruit for two to four years. Plant to take your cutting in late spring.

Step 1

Take a new-wood (green stem) cutting from a branch tip.

Step 2

Remove all of the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.

Step 3

Dip the end of the cutting into the rooting hormone, tapping it against the side of the jar to remove any excess.

Step 4

Pour equal parts of vermiculite and perlite into the planter and water well, allowing the excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot.

Step 5

Use your pencil to create a planting hole in the soil for the cutting. Insert the cutting 1 inch into the soil and pat it firmly in place.

Step 6

Cover the cutting with a plastic bag and secure the top.

Step 7

Place the pot on a heating mat set at 75 degrees F. Check the cutting frequently to make sure the soil is moist.

Step 8

Rooting should occur within 10 weeks, at which time you can remove the pot from the heating mat and place it outdoors. Make sure that it is protected from extreme heat, cold and wind. After 10 days, you can plant it in the garden. Insert the fertilizer spike into the ground according to package directions.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears or a sharp knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Planting pot with holes in the bottom for drainage
  • Vermiculite
  • Perlite
  • Pencil
  • Transparent plastic bag with a twist-tie or rubber band to secure the top
  • Heating mat
  • Fruit tree fertilizer spike


  • "The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden"; Otto, S; 1993
Keywords: propagating a pear tree, growing pears, fruit tree propagation

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