How to Plant Bartlett Pear Seeds


Pear seeds are quite similar to apple seeds not only in their looks, but also how to plant them. If you follow a few simple steps, you will find yourself with a little pear tree seedling in just a few months and almost no expense. The pear is a very hardy tree that will produce delicious fruit with very little care compared to a lot of other fruit trees.

Step 1

Open the Bartlett pear carefully to remove the seeds. They will be housed in the middle of the pear and can be picked out. Even though the pear has good germination rates, It is wise to start with several seeds to make sure you have at least a couple pear tree seedlings with which to work.

Step 2

Rinse the seeds in cool water and then place them in a plastic bag with a handful of sphagnum moss that has been pre-moistened with water. Squeeze the air out of the bag and close it up. A paper towel can also be used in place of the moss. Place the seeds in the middle and fold in half several times.

Step 3

Place the bag in the refrigerator in the vegetable drawer where it can sit in temperatures around 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the stratification time for the pear seeds. You can't skip this time as the seed needs it to break its dormancy period. It should stay in here for about two months.

Step 4

Take the seeds out of the refrigerator and plant them in potting soil in a plant pot. You can place two seeds in each pot unless it had already sprouted. Later you can thin out extra sprouts. They need to be buried about an inch deep in the soil and watered. Place the pot in a warm and sunny spot.

Step 5

Grow the seeds inside for several weeks or until the temperature outside has warmed up to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit or more per day. It can be planted the same way as a pear sapling you buy from a nursery.

Things You'll Need

  • Bartlett pear
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Potting soil
  • Plant pot


  • USDA Agricultural Research: Pyrus
  • Warsaw Agricultural University: Improvement of After-ripening and Germination of Apple and Pear Seeds
Keywords: pear seed, tree seedling, stratification

About this Author

Based in Maryland, Heidi Braley, currently writes for local and online media outlets. Some of Braley's articles from the last 10 years are in the "Oley Newsletter," "Connections Magazine," GardenGuides and Braley's college life included Penn State University and Villanova University with her passions centered in nutrition and botany.