Pear tree

Planting a pear tree in Canada, even in the North, is made easy when you get the right variety. Many of our pear trees are cold hardy to zone 3a. It would be worth trying in zone 2 as well, meaning that they can grow in Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Thunder Bay or Winnipeg without trouble! All of our pear varieties have survived temperatures as low as -47° Celsius. Therefore, if it doesn't get colder than that in your area, they will be fine in your backyard!

Pear treePear trees have the great quality of generally being insect and disease resistant. Any brown stains, or other signs of disease is likely to be minimal and won't affect the yield of fruit. We have tried several varieties that were extremely sensitive to fungal disease, like the popular Flemish Beauty. We do not offer this variety for this same reason. We propagate only the trouble-free, tasty, disease resistant, and cold hardy varieties. Some other varieties are great sellers in garden centres, such as the John pear. The John pear is extremely cold hardy, and this makes it an attractive option for growers. While its fruit is huge and attractive, it is unpalatable and you won't want to eat any!

Harvesting pears is tricky because they have to ripen out of the tree. If left to ripen on the tree, they will develop a mealy texture. If left longer, they will be rotting from the inside. As a general rule, once the skin starts changing colour (they should still be very hard), harvest them and store them in your fridge for a few days or more. This way, they will keep for a longer period. When you want to eat some, take them out of the fridge and let them ripen at room temprature for a few days. To assess that your pear is ripe, apply gentle pressure on the flesh just below the stem. If it is still very hard, it is not ripe yet. If it is soft (but not too much) it is ready!

Some varieties of pear trees are self-fertile, but most of them need a pollinator. Carefully read each description by clicking on Details>> to know what varieties are compatible together.