Biting into a juicy pear is one of life’s joys. Growing pears is generally easier than growing apples, as they have less pest and disease issues. They are easy to fit into small yard spaces, too! Learn more about planting pear trees in your backyard.
When growing pears, note that two cultivars are generally needed for successful pollination and fruit set. Most pear trees are not self-pollinating. 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 a few years or more to begin flowering and bear fruit. But once they start producing, pear trees are prolific and long-lasting!
There are many different types of pears; some are best eaten raw and some are best for cooking. Learn more about pear varieties in this guide!