Botanical name: Pyrus

Crown and root system: This is a deciduous tree with a narrow, medium-sized crown and a non-invasive root system.

Growing regions: The nursery sells varieties that do not require many doses of cold in order to bear fruit, and therefore it can grow in most parts of the country except for areas that are particularly hot.  To increase fertility of the tree we recommend planting two varieties so that they can fertilize each other. (Both trees can be planted in the same pit; we will show you how when you make your purchase.)

Ripening date: During the summer months, depending on the variety.

Planting in a container: May be planted in a container, on a balcony or rooftop.

Recommended planting season: All year round.

Special care: As with most summer fruit trees, the pear tree is also loved by birds and fruit flies. You can prevent damage from the flies with a hanging trap that is safe and easy to use. To keep away birds, a net over the tree or a paper bag placed over the fruit will keep birds from pecking at them.

 Varieties sold in our nursery:
Spadona: This sweet fruit is a light green skin.  Requires another variety for fertilization and ripens in the middle of summer.
Castilla: This is a yellowish fruit with a blush of color and its shape is slightly flattened.  It can be used to fertilize the spadona pear, and ripens about two weeks before the spadona.
Nashi: Shaped like an apple, this fruit has a golden-brown peel.  Its flavor is sweet and aromatic, like a combination of pear and apple.

Good to know:
Pears are first mentioned in China in the year 1134 BCE.  There are presently over 3,000 varieties of pears around the world.

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