Asian pear tree also called apple pear has characteristics of both fruits. It reminds the apple taste by his structure and the classic European pear by his juicy flesh.
Here are some growing tips:
Pollination – Trees are not self-pollinating so you need another tree to pollinate. Take in account that some cultivars are incompatible so be careful and check the trees can cross-pollinate.
Planting – Plant the tree from winter to the spring, if it’s bare roots tree from the winter to early spring better before the tree went out of dormant, in a sunny location in compost rich soil, dig a bigger hole than the pot if it’s bare root cut little bit the roots, in the hole put hummus, organic matter and leaves, put the plant and cover lightly but enough that the tree won’t fall, put support for the tree and after cover water the tree and put mulch that will keep the moist soil.
Pruning – Prune the tree in late winter or early spring during a dry day. If it’s a rainy day there is higher risk the tree will get infected. Cut the tree back to one main stem. It will enhance the tree’s shape to avoid future branches breaking. Remove all the branches and sprouts growing under 50cm (20 inches), any damaged branches. You mostly want your tree to be shaped as a Christmas tree. It will allow maximum sun between the branches for an optimum flow of air. Keep a 20cm (7inches) space between the branches.
Watering – For a newly tree water it frequently. Well established trees can be drought-tolerant.
Harvesting – Asian pears, unlike European pears, ripen on the tree. Time is to harvest when you pick the fruits from the spur or branch by slightly lifting and twisting them. Their color switches from green to yellow.