Monterey Pear Tree
Plant a Monterey pear tree and produce large, round yellow fruit in mild winter climates like Los Angeles. This apple shaped pear has smooth skin and becomes yellowish in color when ripe. The flavor is sweet and juicy with crisp flesh. A great low chill pear tree for home orchards. Self-fruitful. Harvest ripens August to September. Only 300 chill hours required. Cold hardy to Zone 6.
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General Plant Information
Monterey Pear Tree Info and Care
Monterey Pear trees are easy to grow, vigorous, and grow upright. This tree can be pruned and kept as small as 10 ft tall and wide. However, they can grow over twice as large. Plant pear trees in the full sun or part shade. Plant trees as far apart as you intend them to grow. In home orchards, plant trees about 10 feet apart on average to maintain a compact tree. Allow for more space if you intend them to grow larger. Prune during the winter while dormant, and thin the tree in the Summer.
Water trees regularly during the Spring to Summers growing season. Monterey pear trees are deciduous, so they become dormant in the Winter. Discontinue supplemental irrigation during their Winter dormancy.
Fertilize pear trees with organic fruit tree fertilizers. Use a humus based or bone meal fertilizer with more phosphorus and potassium in the winter to promote Spring blossoms. Provide organic fertilizers with more nitrogen such as manure or blood meal during the early Spring growing season.
Additional InformationUSDA Hardiness Zones: 6-10
Pollination: Self-Fruitful / Self Pollinating
Chill Hours: Less than 200 hours below 45°F
Plant Type: Deciduous
Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.
Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.
Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.
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The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.
The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.
Pollination & Propagation
(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.