pear seeds

Cover the containers with a plastic or glass covering or place the entire container inside a plastic bag to maintain a high level of humidity around the seeds, minimizing the need for watering. Place the containers in a spot with bright but indirect light and a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Damp peat moss or sand.

Sow the pear seeds outdoors or in the prepared containers. Outdoors, create a furrow one to two times deeper than the greatest dimension of the pear seed, set a seed in the furrow every 6 inches or so, then cover the seeds lightly with soil and about an inch of sand or germinating medium. In a container, place the seeds on top of the medium, then cover the seeds with medium twice as deep as the seed’s diameter. The University of Vermont notes that pear seeds planted in the fall should begin to sprout and grow for you by early summer.

Prepare to Plant Outdoors.

Plastic or glass covering.

Cut the pears open and use a fingernail or dull knife point to pop seeds out, or chop the pears in a food chopper, then pour the contents over a screen to locate and pick off the pear seeds.

Place extracted pear seeds in a jar filled with water. Discard floating seeds and any flesh. Soak the viable seeds that sank in water overnight, then pour out the water. Place the seeds in a solution of one part bleach and 10 parts water for 10 minutes, then rinse the seeds thoroughly to remove the bleach.

Place the pear seeds in a plastic bag with moist sand or peat moss and refrigerate the seeds in a refrigerator at a temperature between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the seeds in cold storage for 60 to 90 days.

Hose or spray bottle with misting capability.

Transplant the small seedlings to larger containers with regular potting soil once they grow a few inches tall. Plant in permanent locations in late winter or spring the following year.

Knife or food chopper and screen.

Provide Humidity and Light.

Pear trees (Pyrus communis and Pyrus serotina) are deciduous trees prized for their produce and, often, an ability to tolerate poor soil drainage. Although pear trees do not grow true to type from seed, potentially lacking the desirable characteristics of the parent tree, it is still feasible and rewarding to grow a tree from a pear seed. Seedlings are also potentially used as rootstock for desirable varieties. As a general rule, you should extract, prepare and sow several more pear seeds than the number of trees that you want. Even with proper preparation and care it is very unlikely that all seeds will germinate.

1:10 solution of bleach to water.

Rototiller or hoe.

Pennsylvania State University Extension recommends that you prepare the outdoor planting site or the flats or containers you will sow the seeds in. Use a rototiller or hoe to break up the top 6 to 8 inches of soil in a site in bright light that does not receive direct sunlight during the hottest midday hours. To start seeds indoors, fill flats or individual containers with a sterile, well-drained germinating medium that contains equal parts peat moss and sand, perlite or vermiculite and gently firm the material down.

Collect pears for seed extraction from parent trees with desirable characteristics when the fruit is ripe and easy to pull off the tree or just after it falls to the ground, generally from August through October, depending on the variety.

Chill the Seeds.

Move the containers to a position with greater light, remove any plastic or glass covering and decrease the frequency of watering slightly once seedlings emerge.

Mist the soil or germinating medium gently but thoroughly to allow the medium to settle around the seeds. Mist the seeds whenever the soil or growing medium feels dry to the touch.

Sow seeds outdoors in late winter or early spring to avoid rainy winter weather and to give the plants time to become established before dry summer weather begins.

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Pears are a tasty and juicy fruit that you can grow in your own backyard! It takes time and care for a fruit tree to bloom successfully, but you’ll be able to enjoy food that you’ve grown yourself. From one small pear seed, you can grow a fruitful pear tree you and your family will enjoy taking care of!

Growing a pear tree from a seed can take some time, but the reward of tasty, home-grown fruit is well worth it! Start by soaking several seeds in a bowl of water overnight. If the seeds are still sitting at the bottom of the bowl in the morning, they’re good to grow. Fill a bag with peat moss, and push a few seeds 2-3 inches into the moss. Keep the bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge for 3 months, which will give the seeds time to start germinating. After 3 months, soak the seeds in a bowl of warm water for 2 days to soften their shells. Plant whichever seeds don’t float to the top of the bowl in a small container, like a plastic cup. Once they have a few leaves, you can choose the best seedling and plant it in a bigger pot or outside. To learn how to support a pear tree as it grows, read more from our Gardening co-author!

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Saving seeds from pears for planting the subsequent spring involves the following steps:

Pear seeds, like many other fruit tree seeds, rarely produce the same pear as the original fruit. This is because pears reproduce sexually and, just like humans, they have a lot of genetic diversity. For example, if you plant a seed from a Bosc pear, grow the tree and harvest its fruit ten to twenty years later, you will not get Bosc pears. The pears may even be tasteless or inedible. So grower beware; if you really want to have a Bosc pear, you would be better off grafting a branch from an existing Bosc pear tree. You’ll get exactly what you want, and a lot faster.

Maybe you feel experimental though and don’t care whether the fruit is exactly the same. You want to know when and how to harvest pear seeds anyway. The right time for collecting pear seeds is when the seeds are mature, and this is when the pear is ripe. Some pears ripen earlier in summer and others later in the season. Pick the ripe pear and eat it. Keep the seeds and wash away the pulp. Place the seeds on a dry paper towel for a day or two and let them dry out a bit. That is all. Wasn’t that easy?

Did you ever want to grow your own pear tree? Collecting pear seeds to start your own tree from scratch is a simple and enjoyable process. Anyone can learn how to save pear seeds using a sealable container, some peat moss, a cool storage space, and a bit of patience.

It isn’t really recommended that you save pear seeds for a long period of time. Even if pear seeds are stored perfectly, they lose viability over time. If you nevertheless want to save them for a year or two, store them in a breathable container in a room with low humidity so they don’t get moldy and rot. Consider using a jar with a mesh lid.

When and How to Harvest Pear Seeds.

Congratulations! You now know how to save seeds from pears. Good luck in your growing adventure.

Saving Seeds from Pears.