Pear trees are great at increasing the landscape beauty of the garden. But the use of pear trees does not end here. Because pear trees are capable of producing edible and delicious fruits.
Today, we are going to discuss about the fruit bearing period of pear trees and find out when they start producing fruit.
When do pear trees produce fruit?
Pear trees can take some time to start producing fruits. Most of the pear trees need to become at least three years old in order to bear fruits. According to experts, pear trees require adequate amount of water, fertilizer, and sun for bearing fruits at the right time.
There are different varieties of pear trees available in the market. Let’s talk about a couple of them and find out their fruit production time.
Bartlett pear tree:
Bartlett pear tree is also known by the name of Williams pear tree in some parts of the world. It is believed by experts that bartlett pear trees can grow up to twenty feet tall under favorable conditions.
There is a dwarf variety of bartlett pear tree available that can reach the height of fifteen feet at best.
Both the dwarf and normal varieties of pear trees have the ability to produce edible fruits. But a bartlett pear tree does not start producing fruits immediately. It requires at least three or four years from the time of plantation to start producing fruits.
But bartlett pear trees sometimes require the help of other pear trees in order to grow fruits. They require other varieties of pear trees for the purpose of pollination.
The important thing to remember here is that once a bartlett pear tree starts producing fruits, it does not stop for the next one hundred years or so.
It is worth the short to give your bartlett pear tree enough time before it starts producing fruits.
Adequate water, fertilizer, and sunshine can be good for the optimum growth of your bartlett pear tree. A weak pear tree will not be able to bear delicious and edible pear fruits.
Asian pear tree:
The scientific name of asian pear tree is Pyrus pyrifolia. Other names for asian pear tree include Chinese pear tree, Korean pear tree, Taiwanese pear tree, and Japanese pear tree.
Asian pear trees grow faster than bartlett pear trees. So it is no wonder that an asian pear tree can get as much as forty feet tall given the right conditions.
Another important thing to remember here is that asian pear trees require a huge amount of sunshine to reach their optimum growth. It is believed by experts that asian pear trees are capable of producing sweet and edible fruits.
But you will have to give your asian pear tree time before it begins bearing fruits. An asian pear tree can take as much as three years from the time of plantation in order to bear fruits.
Most of the asian pear trees can be seen bearing fruits during the months of summer and fall. There are some dissimilarities between the fruits produced by asian pear trees and other varieties of pear trees.
For example, the fruits of asian pear trees do not become soft when it starts to ripe. Asian pear trees bear fruits that remain firm even during the ripening process.
Things to know about pear tree fruiting:
There are some basic things that one needs to know about pear tree fruiting. Let’s discuss in detail about some of those things.
The months of the year when pear trees produce fruit:
Which months of the year a pear tree starts producing fruit depend on a lot of things. First of all, a pear tree requires decent amount of water, sunshine, and the right kind of fertilizer to start producing fruits at the right time.
According to experts, a pear tree can first be seen producing fruits in the month of July. This time frame is accurate for most varieties of pear trees.
However, there are some pear tree varieties who are known for being late bloomers. For example, some pear trees start producing fruit in the month of October and that is late compared to other varieties of pear trees.
Frequency of fruit production each year:
It is believed by experts that pear trees produce fruit once a year. They will start bearing fruit in the month of July and the fruits will be ready to be taken off the tree when the fall comes.
Pear trees need at least three years of time from the time of their plantation before they can start producing fruits.
Amount of pears produced from a tree each year:
It can be difficult to state the exact amount of pears produced from a tree each year. But it is believed by experts that larger varieties of pear trees can produce up to ninety kilograms worth of pear fruits every year on an average.
On the other hand, the smaller varieties of pear trees can produce up to fifty kilograms worth of pear fruits each year. It also depends on the amount of fertilizer, water, and sunshine a pear tree is getting.
What causes a pear tree not to bear fruit?
There are many things that might create problems for a pear tree to bear fruits. Let’s discuss in detail about some of the causes.
Inadequate water supply:
One thing that can hamper the growth and blooming of pear trees is inadequate water supply.
They require a decent amount of water in order to reach their optimum growth. In fact, too much water can also hamper the blooming process of pear trees and stop them from producing fruits.
Lack of sunshine:
It is believed by experts that pear trees need a lot of sun exposure in order to become mature.
A mature pear tree will be able to produce edible fruits. That is why it is important to make sure that your pear tree is receiving six hours of sunshine on a daily basis.
Inaccurate pruning process:
Pruning the branches of pear trees that have the potential to produce fruits can be damaging. You will need to target branches that will make way for sunshine to reach the core of your pear tree.
Too much fertilizer:
Using too much fertilizer on pear trees might seem like a good idea. But it does the exact opposite as excessive use of fertilizer hampers a pear tree’s ability to produce edible fruits.
Due to young age:
Pear trees do not start bearing fruits before they turn at least three years old. So if your pear tree still has not started producing fruits, then it might be due to their young age.
Tips for encouraging fruiting on pear trees:
Encouraging fruiting on pear trees might seem like a difficult task if you have no prior experience regarding the matter. However, there are some steps and methods you can take to accomplish the task. Let’s discuss in detail about some of them.
Give them time:
A pear tree requires a certain amount of time before bearing fruits. On an average, you will need to wait for at least three years for your pear trees to start producing fruits.
During this period, you should take constant care of your pear trees without forcing the issue.
Plant multiple pear trees:
The great thing about pear trees is that they have the ability to self pollinate. That is why sometimes you will need to plant two pear seeds together of different varieties to encourage fruiting on pear trees.
Prune them every year:
You will need to prune your pear trees every year. This will mean two things. First of all, pruning the branches will lead to pear trees getting decent amount of sunshine everyday.
On the other hand, pruning the unproductive branches give the productive branches best chance of bearing fruits.
You will need to water your pear trees regularly to give them opportunity to bear fruits. You will have to make sure that there is a sufficient irrigation system around the pear trees.
Otherwise, excess water will lead to complications for pear trees when it comes to bearing fruits.
Do you need two pear trees to produce fruit?
It is believed by experts that most varieties of pear trees are self pollinators. So most of the times, you will need to plant two pear trees together in order to produce fruit. This method is called same pollination.
The two pear trees need to be of two different varieties. However, the two pear trees have to be compatible with each other. Otherwise, the cross pollination process will not be a success.
It is believed by experts that pear trees need three to four years from the time of plantation for producing edible fruits. It is better to plant two different varieties of pear trees together for the best chance of producing fruits. Pear trees can keep producing fruits for a long time.