7 tips for planting pears
Do a good job and don’t skimp on tree quality or preparation.
MIX up to one third (but not more) by volume of compost or organic matter into the soil.
IF any roots are encircling the root ball, pull them straight or trim them to the straight point prior to planting.
MAKE sure the graft union (the swelling where the cultivar meets the rootstock) is 5-10cm above the soil line to avoid suckering.
AFTER planting, water thoroughly. Newly-planted trees need watering weekly for the first year to keep soil moist (but not waterlogged).
TIE the tree to a strong stake to encourage a strong trunk and to stabilise it so roots can establish. Remove after 3 years.
PEARS will grow better if grass is removed around the trunk and organic mulch added.
AVOID planting in the path of strong prevailing winds or in frost pockets.