Our pear trees for sale include both European and Asian varieties. Moreover our bareroot pear trees are 1-2 years old, 4′-6′ tall, and have an average caliper/diameter of ½”.

In fact, pear trees, except for seedlings, have two parts. The first part is the scion which is above the ground and responsible for the fruit’s characteristics and disease resistance. And secondly, the rootstock, which is under the ground and responsible for the size, cold hardiness, and partly the disease resistance. We grow our pear trees on Betulaefolia (grow standard trees around 20ft), Calleryana (also known as Call, 90-100% of standard size), OHxF97 (70-90% of a standard), OHxF87 and OHxF333 (around 2/3rd of a standard) rootstocks. Learn more about our rootstocks.

pear rootstocks

Homer referred to pears in the Odyssey as the “gift of the gods” and it surely is a gift to grow pear trees. People domesticated pear trees in two places, China and Asia Minor (home of many Armenians) until the Middle East. In fact our collection of pear trees for sale include Asian and European varieties selected for their unique tastes and stories.

If you would like to find the relevant information you need on hardiness zones, pollination, disease resistance, and more, you can see our tree descriptions.

At the start of March, we begin shipping trees based on your chosen shipping date at checkout or if you haven’t selected a date, we ship based on the best time to plant for your region. Learn more about our shipping by visiting our shipping page and for a list of states with restrictions for specific tree types, visit our shipping restrictions page.

If you have selected local pickup, we’ll send you a notification at the end of March to book a pickup date to get your trees. We offer trees for local pickup at our nursery in Ithaca, New York from end of March until May.

If you planted the tree in the spring and it does not show any signs of growth before July 1st, it means that the tree may have a problem. We guarantee to replace it next season or provide a refund depending on your preference.

If the tree you planted in the spring shows growth, but dies in the fall, please email us with a photo, order number, and description of the issue and we can help to diagnose the problem. If it’s an issue with the tree itself, we guarantee to replace it next season or provide a refund depending on your preference.

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If it is your first time growing pear trees, then you will need to consider these six steps of successful growing. First, tree selection, then site selection/soil preparation, planting, pruning, watering, and lastly protecting against pests and diseases.

The first step in your journey to grow pear trees is selecting the right tree for your conditions and preferences. Six factors you can consider are fruiting, pollination, size/rootstock, chill hours, disease resistance, and hardiness zone. Feel free to read more in depth about pear tree selection. Rootstocks help control the size of the tree and you can read more pear tree rootstocks. Once you know what to look for you can easily find the pear tree for you with our filtering system. You can select the right size/rootstock, hardiness zone and disease resistance.

The second step is selecting the right site for your trees and starting to prepare the soil. The five factors to consider for how to select your orchard site are elevated/rolling land, well-draining loamy soil, the right pH, full to partial sun, and protection from strong winds. Pear trees grow best in well-drained sandy loam soil that has a pH between 6.0 – 6.5 (although they can also tolerate soils with a pH of 5.0-7.5). However they can also survive in other soils as long as they are well-draining. If the soil doesn’t drain well, then the chance of root and crown rot increases. Additionally lack of good drainage can decrease root growth.

The third step is planting! You should know when is the right time to plant as well as how to plant a pear tree . There are about ten steps that you can easily follow.

The fourth important step is pruning a pear tree . Pear trees can be grown in a central leader, modified central leader or open center form. However it is crucial to remove dead, diseased and damaged limbs. Afterwards, prune back non-primary scaffold branches, then prune the suckers. Next prune back the upward, inward, and downward growing branches and then prune the whorls. And lastly, prune back all branches by 1/3rd of their length and thin the buds.

The fifth step is to know how to water pear trees. Newly planted trees would need more water than a mature tree. In fact about 5 gallons of water (one large bucket) about 3 times a week is adequate. Established trees only need to be watered when there is little rainfall or when you experience drought. Generally, about an inch of rainfall every seven to ten days is enough.

The sixth step to growing is protecting the tree from pests and diseases. The key factor is to practice organic pest management and also spray the tree for specific diseases at the right time.