Biting into a juicy pear is one of the joys of the season. See how to plant, grow, and harvest pears in your own backyard. They are easy to fit into small yard spaces, and attractive, and require very little care once established.
Growing pears is generally easier than growing apples, as they have less pest and disease issues.
Two cultivars are generally needed for successful pollination and fruit set. Most pear trees are not self-pollinating.
There are many different types of pears; some are best eaten raw and some are best for cooking. See more below.
You can also grow pears in containers—and plant at any time of the year. Make sure you purchase pears specifically bred for containers.
Be aware that pears can take from 3 to 10 years to begin flowering and bear fruit.
Once they start producing, pear trees are prolific and long-lasting!