Asian Pears, also known as Oriental Pears or Apple Pears are a delightfully crisp, crunchy and incredibly juicy type of pear. They are often more rounded and more delicate in flavor and fragrance than most European varieties, they are easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest and make a great addition to every garden.
Exposure / Light:
Asian pears should be planted in the full sun. Avoid planting in wet low lying areas or frost pockets. They are very early blooming so choose a sheltered area away from late frosts or cold snaps. A hillside or area with good air circulation is recommended.
Moisture / Soil:
Plant Asian pears in moist, but well drained soils. Give plants plenty of space as they can grow larger over time.
Fertilizing Asian Pears
Asian pears do not need a lot of extra fertilizer. A small application of Arts Fruit Tree and Berry food in early spring is sufficient for the year. New plantings benefit from an application of bonemeal in the hole as well as Liquid transplant fertilizer for the deluxe treatment.
Asian Pear Pollination
Asian pears are partially self-fertile. In other words, they will produce some fruit on their own, but will produce more fruit if additional Asian pears are planted nearby. European Pears and Asian pears can pollinate each other as long as the varieties you choose bloom at the same time. Mason bees can also be used to improve pollination.
Asian pear trees have a habit of producing way more fruit than the tree can support. Remove excess fruit when they are still small. This will redirect the plants energy into the remaining fruit – thereby improving size and quality.
Asian pears can be harvested and eaten directly off the tree. Most varieties are ready to pick in late summer and early fall. Handle fruit gently as it is easily bruised.
Asian pear trees should have an application of dormant oil & lime sulphur spray applied each winter when dormant. This kills or removes over-wintering insects and reduces the likelihood of disease. Avoid excess fertilizer, especially those with a high nitrogen content.
Pruning Asian Pears
Asian pears do not require a lot of pruning, but it is always beneifical to remove dead, damaged or diseased branches in late winter or early spring before growth begins. You can also remove branches that are crossing, rubbing or growing into the interior of the tree.
For More Information:
For more information about growing or caring for Asian Pear Trees in the Pacific Northwest call us at 604.882.1201 or visit us in person at Art’s Nursery. Our best selection of Asian pears is in-stock from mid to late spring and throughout the summer.
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