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Moonglow Pear Tree
Pyrus communis 'Moonglow'
The Moonglow Pear is a beautiful, Bartlett-type pear, that is soft and juicy without being mushy. Moonglow pear trees are disease-resistant to fire blight and will bear fruit at a young age. A strong pollinator for other pear varieties including asian pear varieties. Originated in our home state of Maryland in 1960.
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The Moonglow Pear Tree is commonly called European pear. Moonglow Pear Trees can bear fruit for many years. This Pear tree produces white scented flowers in early spring leading into their large yellow to red fruit. The white flesh is soft and juicy, with very little grit. They are usually ready to pick in early to mid-August. The Moonglow Pear needs another pear tree within 50 feet for pollination, and it is itself a great pollinator to Bartlett Pear, Asian pears, or other pear varieties.
|Mature Height:||15 to 20 feet|
|Mature width:||15 to 20 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 peaches for eating fresh or storing|
How to Care for Moonglow Pear Tree
Before you plant a Moonglow Pear Tree, make sure to read all of the recommended care instructions to keep your young tree healthy and thriving.
How much Fertilizer does an Moonglow Pear Tree require?
Trees such as Moonglow 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. Moonglow 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 Moonglow Pear Tree. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack. Organic additions to the soil can also be combined with a shot of chemical fertilizer for maximum effect.
How should I plant my Moonglow Pear Tree?
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Moonglow 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 Moonglow 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.
How much water does my pear tree need?
After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Moonglow 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.
Do I need to use mulch when planting my Moonglow Pear 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 Moonglow 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.