If you have planted a pear tree that is not self-pollinating, it is important to plant another pear tree near it– that is, if you want your tree to bear fruits. If you don’t, expect a tree that is as barren as the driest desert you can find.
Pear trees have two basic types – those that are self-pollinating and those that need to cross-pollinate. What does this mean?
Self-pollinating simply means that it can bear fruits on its own once it gets old enough. That’s about two years from planting (if you bought a young tree from a nursery) and about five years if you started from seed.
Some varieties of pear that are self-pollinating include Concorde, Conference and Louise Bonne of Jersey.
Other varieties of pear trees would need cross-pollination. This means that another pear tree must be near your pear tree – at most 300 feet away — so it can bear fruits. Their blossoms must also open at the same time, or at least overlap their blooming period for cross-pollination to be successful.
It’s the reason why you should plant two pears at the same time and why it’s important for you to know when the blossoms of each variety would open so you can plant accordingly.
Take note that flowering pear trees will not cross-pollinate with fruiting pear trees.
A pollinator pear tree will only pollinate those within the same group like for instance, an early flowering pear tree will only pollinate another early flowering pear tree.
Make sure you do your research before planting your pear trees if you want to harvest the fruits of your labor after two years or so.
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