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Home-grown pears are far superior in flavour to anything you can buy in the shops. What's more, a much greater variety of cultivars is available if you grow your own.
Pear trees are easy to grow and are available grafted on to a range of rootstocks, making them perfect for growing in any size of garden – some can even be grown in containers. There are plenty of cultivars to choose from, which typically fall into two categories: dessert (for eating) and cooking.
Pyrus communis 'Concorde' is a cross between two classic varieties, 'Conference' and 'Doyenné du Comice'. It's reliable, bearing good yields of well-flavoured fruit, and is well suited to growing in the British climate. The yellow-cream-colourd fruits bear similarities to 'Conference' pears in appearance, but inherit the flavor of 'Doyenne'. Pyrus communis 'Concorde' is in flowering group 4. It's partially self-fertile, but yields are increased if a pollination partner is grown nearby. Choose other pear trees in the same flowering group.
Pear trees blossom extremely early in spring, so for best results grow them against a south-facing wall or fence, where they will be protected from frost. Mulch annually and water in dry spells. As with most pears, pick the fruit when still firm and allow it to ripen indoors.
Plant type: Fruit
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Green
Feature: Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun/Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to prune: November to February
Time to plant: October to March
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