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Not only can we grow hardy pear trees in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 and 4, but they are often even easier to grow than their relative, the apple! Pears usually aren't bothered by insects and diseases that often plague apples. Ready to grow your own pears? Here are some tips to help you get started....

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Find a full sun location

Your tree will grow faster and produce far more fruit if it enjoys bright, direct sunlight at least 6-8 hours a day.

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Plant a pollinating pair

For the best chance at successful pollination and fruit set, try growing two hardy pear varieties.

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Be patient

While it can take 3-10 years for pear trees to begin flowering and producing fruit, a mature tree can produce a hefty harvest in a season.

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Enjoy the fruits of your labor

For best flavor, pick pears before they are ripe, when they are still firm and have blushed skin. Let them finish ripening on the counter for a week or so.

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Did you know?

Because pear trees don't need chemical treatments or sprays to combat pests or diseases, you can grow organic pears. The only disease that sometimes affects pear trees in cold-climate gardens is fireblight, and that can be diagnosed and managed fairly easily and organically.