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How to Start a Pear Tree Seed Plant

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Overview

Growing a pear tree from a seed is relatively easy--but be aware that any tree grown from a seed will not necessarily produce the same great tasting fruit as the parent tree. This is because in order for a pear seed to be viable, it must contain a mix of genetic material, and this mix may not produce a tree with the same flavor as the fruit that the seed came from. In order to produce a pear tree with the exact same flavor characteristics as the pear you are trying to imitate, you would need to graft wood from the good tree onto pear rootstock; in this way you could create a "clone" of the original tree with the delicious fruit. However, if you wish to grow a pear from a seed, there is little standing in your way.

Step 1

Collect your pear seeds, wash them under running water and pat them dry with a paper towel.

Step 2

Fill one or more 4-inch planting pots with potting soil. Plant one pear seed in each pot, approximately 1/2 inch deep. Dampen the soil.

Step 3

Insert the pot into a large baggie and zip the baggie shut. Place the bagged pot into the refrigerator and leave it until all possibility of frost has passed for your area.

Step 4

Remove the baggie and pot from the refrigerator and remove the pot. Place the pot in a warm place with plenty of indirect sunlight and mist the soil daily. Keep it damp but do not saturate it.

Step 5

Plant your young seedlings outdoors in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Dig a hole at least twice the size of your tree's root ball and mix compost into the soil in a 50/50 mix. Keep the soil damp, but do not allow the ground to become saturated. Protect your young tree from deer, rabbits and other hungry wildlife with wire mesh.

Things You'll Need

  • Pear seeds
  • Paper towels
  • Growing pots
  • Potting soil
  • Large baggies
  • Refrigerator
  • Misting bottle

References

  • Purdue University: Growing Trees from Seeds
  • Green Earth Friend: Growing Trees From Seeds
Keywords: pears from seed, pear seed propagation, growing pear seeds

About this Author

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.