pear tree cross-pollination

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  1. HeatherDriskill

    HeatherDriskill Well-Known Member

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    Hi, everyone. I just moved to a new place out in the country (yay!) and I discovered I have 1 pear tree. I knew it was a pear tree because there were about three tiny little pears, which I had to taste to make sure they were pears. I figured that it probably didn't produce because it has been so dry and no one has been watering the tree. Then I read somewhere that pear trees have to be planted at least in pairs because they need to cross-pollinate to produce. I have never planted anything, but I think I should plant another pear tree. Anyone have advice on how I should go about doing this? I live right on the edge of zones 6 and 7. Thanks!
     
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    woodspirit Well-Known Member

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    Almost all pears need a pollinator. Seckel is one that doesn't, but still has better production if planted near another cultivar.
     

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    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If there's another pear within a mile or so, it might be fine. Could it be a very young tree? My old apartment had one pear tree in the yard and it was loaded every year, we never could find another one nearby.
     
  4. HeatherDriskill

    HeatherDriskill Well-Known Member

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    It may be young. I really have no idea. I was just walking my fence line a few days ago and noticed it. I think I would like to plant another one. I guess I will have to visit the local nursery and see what I can find out. I hope it isn't too expensive!
     
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    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Do you know what type of pear tree it is? May want to plant 2 more that you know will polinate each other to have a better chance of getting one that will polinate this one.
     
  6. HeatherDriskill

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    Good idea. I have no idea what kind it is. Is there any way to guess by looking at it?