Pear Tree - Williams Bon Chretien

1 Bare Root Tree


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£21.99 £25.99 Save 15%
Despatch By The End Of January 2022

Usually just called Williams pear, this is a beautiful old variety - first introduced in 1770 in Berkshire. it turns yellow when ripe, and while a superb eating pear, it's also great for stewing. It is a reliable heavy-cropping and hardy tree and more spreading than most pears. Grown on Quince A rootstock. Supplied as a bare root tree.

• Most popular dessert pear in the UK
• Heavy crops in early September
• Ideal for patio or smaller garden

Pears are one of the easiest garden fruit trees to grow with very few pest, disease or other cultural problems. Quince A rootstock gives a tree with moderate vigour and encouraging pears to fruit at an early age. Height up to 365cm (12') but can be pruned for the smaller garden.

Pears are a very rewarding crop as they are very easy to grow, suffering little in the way of pests and diseases and if properly ripened are among the most delicious of all tree fruit. Unlike some other species they seem to improve with age and even very old trees can be highly productive so a pear tree is certainly an investment for life! Most of the growing styles, spacings, and pruning methods used for apples can be applied to pears and they naturally produce good quantities of fruiting spur. This makes all variants of cordon growing a good choice and pears make excellent 'V' trees. The S system however is not a good one for pears. Bush pear trees can be grown in the following way, planting 3–3.5m (10–12') apart. Once planted the central leader (main stem) is cut back to the highest side branch r feather. This will encourage to feathers to develop and these should be limited to 8 good branches in a tight 'wine glass' shape. At the end of the first growing year these branches should be cut back by half, this will promote the development of fruiting spur which is then pruned back in turn to three buds. By this method a good fruiting habit will be established which can then be left to develop naturally for several years with just the odd damaged or poorly position branches removed. Pears are demanding of water and should never be subjected to drought conditions. In particular, regular watering in the month following flowering will bring great dividends in terms of fruit quality. An application of a good slow release nitrogenous fertiliser at around the third week in August will greatly improve the following year's fruit buds. This can be provided as a mulch of manure or compost or other organic proprietary material.

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