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It’s important to feed him regularly in spring and summer to help him produce fruit. Once a week is ideal.
Check him once a week in warm months to make sure his soil is moist. Rain will probably water him enough in winter.
A sunny spot
He’s happiest somewhere bright and sheltered from wind. He needs a good amount of sun to produce fruit. Fruit trees work well against walls for warmth and shelter.
Fruit should be ready to pick from late summer to autumn. Pick it when it’s plump but still a bit hard. Let it ripen in the fruit bowl.
Pyrus communis ‘Conference’
‘Conference’ pear tree
Fruit tree, outdoor
Plant height (including pot)
Nursery pot size
About pear trees
Growing your own fruit is one of the biggest joys of gardening. A pear tree gives great results with very little effort, providing fruit from late summer to autumn. You might be surprised by how little space you need to grow one.
This tree is specially bred for growing in pots and will remain compact. It will be perfectly happy on a patio or large balcony. We wouldn’t recommend planting it in the ground as it won’t grow into a large tree. Sweet-smelling blossom will appear in spring, which will then develop into fruit. The fruit grows slowly and you should be able to pick it from late summer.
Water regularly to keep the soil moist, but make sure excess water can drain out of the bottom of the pot. Give a weekly feed in spring and summer to help with fruit production. Other than that the only real work involved in maintaining your tree is giving it a yearly prune, to remove dead growth and encourage a good shape.
In late winter or early spring, snip off any dead or damaged branches. Then give it a bit of a general haircut to tidy up the shape. It’s good to thin out the branches in the middle of the tree, so they don’t crowd each other. Don’t worry if you make mistakes with the shape. It will all grow back.
Did you know?
There are around 3,000 different varieties of pear. If you can name them all without googling, well, we’ll probably give you a job.