Grow your own fresh fruit! Fruit trees are an excellent addition to the edible garden that reaps rewards for years to come.
About this Variety
The Kieffer Pear is a vigorous fruit tree that produces medium to large fruit. It performs well in hot climates and is an excellent variety for canning, baking and preserves. The Kieffer Pear requires 300 chill hours and another European pear tree as a cross-pollinator, such as another Kieffer Pear or Bartlett Pear. This fruit tree has small, single white flowers that bloom in the spring, with fresh fruit that ripens during mid to late summer. Kieffer Pears are susceptible to blight.
- Grow your own fresh fruit!
- Lovely in landscapes
- Requires a co-pollinator
- Excellent for eating, canning and freezing
- Sweet fruit
Mid to Late Fall
Grows 15-30' tall
Plant 12-20' apart, with root ball just at soil level
Grow as Perennial in zones 4-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
To plant: Remove tree from packaging. Dig a hole twice the width and depth of the root ball. Place roots in the middle of the hole. Be careful not to plant too deep since this will suffocate the root system. Ensure the roots are nto tightly compressed. Use your fingers or a blunt instrument to loosen the roots and spread out gently to encourage outward growth into the surrounding earth. Use soil that was removed while digging to fill the hole back, remembering to only fill to the top level of the root ball. Water the soil, allow it to settle and add more soil if needed. Tamp the soil lightly. This will help the soil to further settle. Water the plant again. Add mulch around the plant in a 1-2" layer to help retain moisture. If experiencing hot or dry weather, it will be more important to water plants more frequently versus the recommended 1-2 times per week to water thoroughly. Make sure to review the recommended USDA zones for your area. It is important to select plants with recommendations for your zone; otherwise, they will not be successful in your landscape due to their inability to grow in those weather conditions.
Prune back mid season by half to rejuvenate if flowering lags during hot summer weather. The plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves.