How to Plant a Pear Tree With Seeds


Pears are related to the more popular apples. Though these fruits look different, they are very similar in propagation and cultivation. What sets them apart, aside from the usual bell-shape figure of the pear, are the clustered cells called grits which can be easily noticed in the fruit. Within these little fruits are seeds that contain potential pear trees. All that's needed is the right nutrients, sunlight and hydration and one pear seed can be turned into many pears.

Step 1

Determine whether pears can be grown in your area. The pear tree is not suitable in places that have spring frosts and in areas in which temperatures often drop below minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Countries that grow this delicious fruit are usually in Europe, North America, Eastern and Southern Asia.

Step 2

Start collecting pear seeds from the pears before autumn so that you will have enough time to soak them and prepare them for planting in the spring.

Step 3

Soak the seeds in water overnight and then drain them in the morning.

Step 4

Plant the seeds an inch-deep in a small pot, place them in a clear zip-lock bag and refrigerate for the next 12 weeks. The temperature should be 40 degrees, so don't put the seeds in the back of the refrigerator where the temperature is much colder. ( Another option is to directly plant the seed in the soil about 2 inches deep just before winter. Add some natural compost and this bunch of pear seeds will naturally undergo stratification during the cold weather.)

Step 5

Place the seedlings in their permanent locations. Choose an area where there is direct sunlight exposure, since pears love the warm season and the nourishment they get from the sun. Aside from that, the soil should be well tilled and free from debris and weeds. By this time, the seedlings should be at least 1 to 2 feet tall and strong enough to withstand winds. Make sure the temperature doesn't drop below 18 degrees or the seedling will die.

Step 6

Apply fertilizer, once the seedling is at least a year old, that is rich in organic materials and nitrogen for the tree to be adequately nourished.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not expose the seeds to extreme conditions.


  • The Gardener's Network: Growing Pear Trees
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About this Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer for two years. He has a B.S. in Literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written three ebooks so far: Karate You Can Teach Your Kids, Macadamia Growing Handout and The Raw Food Diet.