For anyone new to growing garden pears, Gourmande is the perfect option. Bullet-proof disease resistance makes this the ideal choice for growing pears at home. The large cobby fruits are more akin to apples in shape, but it's the flavour that makes these pears stand out from the crowd. Pear Gourmande has been voted the best flavoured pear by judges at the annual National Fruit Show. Thanks to a high juice content, the fruits drip with sweet perfumed juiciness when eaten fresh, and simply melt in the mouth when poached or baked.
Our Pear Gourmande bare root trees are grafted onto 'Quince A' rootstocks to produce trees with moderate vigour and fruiting potential at an early age (cropping usually starts at four years old). This strong growing pear is partially self-fertile but is best planted with another variety so cross pollination can increase yield. Rootstock: Quince A. Height: 4.5m (15')
Plant pear trees in any well drained soil in a sheltered sunny position. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Prepare a framework of wires between two stakes or against a wall to support the tree once it is planted. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level, firm them into the ground, and water well. Fasten the tree to the support framework using soft tree ties. Pears will produce the best crops when planted near to another pear tree to increase pollination.
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