Did you know you can actually grow the seeds of fruits you bought from the grocery? If you have been throwing pear seeds away just like I used to, save them and start growing pears from these seeds.
Growing Pears From Seed In 5 Easy And Simple Steps
I’ve had people come up to me asking if they can compost seeds from kitchen scraps. I say they can but honestly, I prefer them not to. It’s such a shame that fruit seeds are thrown away when new plants can be grown from these kitchen scraps. While I share the same experience when I first started gardening, I’ve learned since. It allows me to save a few bucks with seeds I won’t have to buy. So let’s get growing pears from seed and grow more lovely trees!
Tips For Growing Pears From Seed
As you very well know by now, pears like apples and other fruit trees don’t grow true to their kind. The chances of them bearing fruit similar to the desirable qualities of the ones you’re eating now is slim to none. It takes longer time for trees grown from seeds to bear fruits than when propagated through grafting or other vegetative means. But if you don’t mind these issues and prefer to grow them naturally, then let’s get going.
If there’s one great consolation in growing them patiently, besides the ease and availability of getting seeds, are the lovely blooms. Pears are deciduous fruit trees that grow lovely and dainty blooms in late winter to early spring. Can you imagine the effect in your garden landscape in the late winter season? I sure do.
Easy Steps To Growing Pears From Seed
Directly planting the seeds in the soil can be done but germinating the seeds indoors will actually save time. Not all seeds will germinate even with the best of care. So check these four easy steps to growing pears from seed.
Step One: Collecting Pear Seeds
- Select different ripe pear fruits for variety in seeds.
- Overripe, neglected fruits from the fridge will do, great, even.
- Slice the fruit gently so as not to cut the seeds then take all the seeds out.
- The more seeds, the better the chances of getting a seed to germinate and grow into a pear tree with desirable qualities.
Step Two: Preparing Seeds For Germination
- Soak the seeds in water overnight to allow non-viable seeds to float and be discarded.
- Gather the seeds which had sunk to the bottom of the container.
- On one side of a paper towel, lay down the seeds at least an inch apart from each other.
- Fold over the other side of the paper towel to secure the seeds.
- Then spray the paper towel with water until soaked.
Step Three: Germinating Pear Seeds
- Take a Ziploc bag and put the paper towel with the seeds inside.
- Seal the bag with a little air inside so the paper towel with the seeds won’t get mold.
- Place the bag in a spot where it’s hot and dark to aid in germination.
Step Four: Preparing Germinated Pear Seeds For Planting
- Check the bag after two weeks and you’ll see some of the seeds with the green and the seed coat separated.
- Most likely, there will be a root system coming out which means they are now ready for planting.
- You may discard the seeds that have not sprouted.
Step Five: Planting Germinated Pear Seeds
- Take your pots with potting mix in it.
- Poke holes with your finger or a pencil just as deep for the root system of the pear seedling to fit in.
- Then gently place the seedling, root in first through the hole and scoop bits of soil to cover the hole.
- Gently spray with water and thoroughly moisten the pot.
- You can put the pot under grow lights or a south-facing window and watch it grow.
Pear Seedling In A Month
There you go tree huggers and plant lovers, your teeny weeny pear seedling in just a month. Most pear varieties cross-pollinate, meaning they need another pear tree to help with pollination and help bear fruits. So planting pears by pairs is always ideal. Wait until all danger of frost is over before you let it out into the big world during the spring time. Taking care of your pear seedling is no sweat. It’s pretty much, continued watering and mulching until the roots have been established. Choose a more permanent location for your pear tree as they can grow into huge trees. Check these garden landscape ideas for beginners so you can have an idea where to grow your pear tree.
Watch the full and step by step guide to growing pears from seed in this video:
Want to give growing pears from seed a try? If you have more questions, I’d be delighted to help. Just post them in the comments section below.
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