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Landscaping Tip: Growing a pear tree

by on July 18, 2012

Pear trees are some of the easiest fruit trees to grow and when homeowners are looking to spice up their St. Louis landscape with a bountiful tree, pear trees are often the way they go. It is important to realize, however, that as easy as growing a pear tree is, your pears are not guaranteed to have the same taste as the pear’s seed you’re using. Professional pear tree growers often mix the seeds to get a good genetic mix before planting them in the ground. But if you’re looking to plant a pear tree just to have, regardless of what the fruit will taste like, then here are some easy steps to follow to get your pear tree well under way.

Before you get started, you will need four-inch planting pots, potting soil, paper towels, large plastic baggies, a misting bottle, access to a refrigerator and of course, the pear seeds. Start by washing the pear seeds and drying them off with a paper towel. Insert the pear seed half an inch deep into a planting pot filled with potting soil. Add some water to the soil, just enough to get the soil damp. (This step only needs to be performed if there is frost in your area or it is too cold outside. Place the planting pot into one of the large plastic baggies and close it so air does not get inside.) Remove the plant from the baggie and place it an area where it will receive indirect sunlight. Use your misting bottle to dampen the soil on a daily basis, but be careful not to over-saturate the plant. Once the seedlings have begun to spout, they are ready to plant in the ground.

Choose an area of your St. Louis landscape that receives copious amounts of sunlight and where water does not pool or the ground does not become saturated. Create a hole about twice as big as the seedling’s root ball and plant with potting soil and compost (a half and half mixture). It is important to keep the soil damp, but do not allow it to become saturated. Follow these steps and pretty soon you should be well on your way to being the proud owner of a pear tree!

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