Although in general quite easy to grow, pears are not in the main self-pollinating and in most cases need suitable trees of other varieties planted nearby to help out. They should be planted and staked in a similar way to that described for apple trees. If only one tree is required it would be a good plan to buy one of the new “family trees” on which several different kinds of fruit can be harvested from one tree. This of course will solve the pollinating difficulty. Alternatively a Conference pear will fruit quite readily alone.
The same method can be used for pears as has been described for apples and in fact they can stand comparatively hard pruning.
When the fruit has reached a size approximately one inch long the fruit should be reduced in number so that they are five to six inches apart – As the growth of young pears continues it is advisable in many cases to reduce the number of pears per branch so that well formed, large fruit are produced.
Conference – Well flavoured fruit of tapering shape which should be harvested during late September for eating in October. Will happily fruit without the help of other pear trees near.
Doyenne du Cornice – A really delicious pear of fine juicy flavour. These do not normally need thinning and can be picked early in October for use during November.
William’s Bon Chretien – Juicy flavoured. Should be picked while still green at the end of August for eating during September.
Catillac – A very good cooking variety of pear which turns deep pink on cooking. Crops heavily and can be picked at the end of October. This pear will keep well until April.