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Growing Pear Trees from Seed Naturally

 
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Have you wanted to try growing pear trees from seed and create your own new variety?

Then let's grow some pear trees together!

So why grow pears from seed when there are numerous "good" existing varieties?

Most of the modern pears aren't adapted to my particular climate and also aren't resistant to our local pests and diseases here, especially fireblight, which can quickly kill most pear varieties here.

Growing pear trees from seed creates the possibility to create totally new types of pears that are more vigorous growers in your climate, more resistant to pests, and match your specific taste preferences!

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I planted about 200 pear seeds about two weeks ago, sowing them directly in the ground. It would have been ideal to have done it at least a month earlier, probably more, but too much to do and too little time.

About 20 of them had already started to grow roots, so I tried to plant those gently with the root tip pointing down. These were harder to plant and took more time. It was much easier to plant the ones that hadn't sprouted yet.

I hope the germination rate will be good!
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Pear seeds!
Pear seeds!
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Pear seed with a root starting to form!
Pear seed with a root starting to form!
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A few pear seeds with roots starting to form
A few pear seeds with roots starting to form
 
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I have two Bartlett seedlings that I plan on grafting asian pears to. So which option is better: grafting low next year as the seedling trees will be about same diameter of the scion wood; or wait for a few more years so the trees get multiple branches for grafting? I haven't never done any grafting before.
 
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That's awesome about your two pear seedlings May!

My current strategy is that if the seedling tree is not a healthy grower, I plan to graft it low at an early age and bury the graft to eventually create an own root pear tree with the grafted variety. This way the seedling is still useful to create a new tree, but since it's a poor grower I don't want to baby it and grow it out to fruit.

On vigorous and healthy growers, I plant to let them get taller and then graft them higher up, allowing the lower branches to fruit, so that the fruit can be evaluated to see if it's any good and worth propagating further.

I've found bench grafting, which is done with the small seedling being dug up, grafted, and then replanted, to be easier than grafting directly onto an existing tree when first starting out grafting. The small seedling (rootstock) can be more easily maneuvered than grafting onto a stationary older tree.

Would love to see some photos of your pear trees if you have any!
 
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Thanks for your suggestions Steve. Here are the two seedlings:
I accidentally scorched the bark of this pear seedling and the scar is about 1ft from ground. That's why I want to graft lower than the injury spot to save the tree.
Another one is tiny but several weeks earlier than others to break dormancy. I probably will let it grow a few more years.
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It's been almost three weeks since I planted the pear seeds, and some are starting to sprout!
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Pear seedling emerging
Pear seedling emerging
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Pear seedling with a small shoot forming
Pear seedling with a small shoot forming
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Pear seedling sprouting amongst a leaf and lots of stems
Pear seedling sprouting amongst a leaf and lots of stems
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Wow, I can really see how sandy the soil is close up
Wow, I can really see how sandy the soil is close up
 
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