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Kieffer Pear Trees for Sale Online
Kieffer Pear Trees are one of the latest producing pears. They are an Asian Pear Hybrid. They ripen from October to November. The Kieffer Pear is fire blight resistant as well. The Kieffer Pear Tree is a large pear tree of the antique variety. Kieffer pears are large, aromatic, and have a pleasing golden-yellow color with a ruby red cheek.
|Mature Height:||15 to 20 feet|
|Mature width:||12 to 15 feet|
|Classification:||Deciduous tree, spring flowering|
|Habit:||Spreading, umbrella shaped canopy|
|Pruning Season:||Late winter|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirement:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||One of the best pears for eating fresh or storing|
How to Care for Kieffer Pear Tree
Before you plant a Kieffer Pear Tree, make sure to read all of the recommended care instructions to keep your young tree healthy and thriving.
How do I plant a Kieffer Pear Tree?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Kieffer Pear Tree that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because they could retain too much moisture and cause root rot. Adding a compost or topsoil mix will help the young feeder roots of Kieffer Pear Tree to spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which can be too compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
When should I water my Kieffer Pear Tree?
After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Kieffer Pear Tree a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to five for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a 1 gallon pot would be watered until you count to five, a 3 gallon pot would be a count of fifteen, and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day thereafter. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags are a good investment that will help minimize the watering chore.
How do I fertilize a kieffer pear tree?
Trees such as Kieffer Pear Tree grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as Espoma Tree-tone. Kieffer Pear Tree again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Kieffer pear tree. An excellent first line of attack would be an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots. This produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect.
What kind of mulch should I use when planting a fruit tree?
Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. It also will help the roots maintain an even temperature, so they don't get too hot or too cold. We highly recommend that you mulch your Kieffer Pear Tree with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch, depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient, but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.