UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Pear

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Pears on tree

How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Pear

Pest management: Pears

Pruning video: Video: Winter Pruning of Apple & Pear Trees

The Basics

When to plant: January–March

Harvest window: August–October, depending on variety

Fertilization: Nitrogen in spring and fall, additional applications based on tree age, health, and soil quality

Annual care overview:

  • Dormant sprays as needed to control scale, aphids, mites, and overwintering psylla
  • Fruit thinning if crop is heavy; recommended 6" space between fruit
  • Monitor and control for common pests & diseases, such as fireblight, codling moth and pear scab

Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

European: Bartlett, Comice, Seckel (French Butter) and Winter Nelis

Asian (Nashi): Chojuro, Hosui,Nishiumura Wase (needs to be pollinated to "chocolate up), Seuri, Shinko and Ya Li. There are no climate or soil restrictions on growing Asian pears in this area.

* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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