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Bartlett European Pear
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Aromatic, sweet, and mellow, Bartlett pear is the classic pear that we all know and love. Unparalleled for fresh eating, it’s elegant with wine and cheese, refreshing in a salad, and perfectly satisfying all by itself. With our Mini Bartlett Pear Tree, now you can enjoy the simple pleasures of growing this luscious fruit at home. Each year, you and your family will look forward to late summer and feasting on fresh Bartlett pears to your hearts’ content. And because this is a miniaturized Pear Tree, it will never get out of control and become too much of a good thing. Bon appetit!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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The Bartlett Pear Tree originated in England, but if you ask for a Bartlett in Europe, people might not know what you mean. The earliest record of the famous tree dates back to the late 1760s at the home of an English schoolmaster. From there, the tree passed to a nurseryman named Williams, who called it Williams’ Bon Chrétien (Good Christian). Some 30 years later, a few Williams Pear Trees were sent to the U.S. and planted on an estate in Massachusetts. However, the tags were lost, and when Enoch Bartlett later acquired the estate—you guessed it—he rechristened the trees, ‘Bartlett’. To this day, Europeans still call this tree the Williams Pear (rightly so), while we Americans stubbornly stick to ‘Bartlett’!
Pears are unusual in that they don’t ripen gracefully on the tree—they tend to develop a grainy texture, and the core turns mushy and rotten. Pick your Bartlett pears when they’re mature, not ripe, and let them develop their smooth, mellow flavor indoors. They’ll change from green to yellow, indicating that they’ve reached their juicy, delectable best.
How to Grow
Plant your Bartlett Pear Tree where it can bask in all-day sun and enjoy moderately rich, well-drained soil at its feet. Avoid low-lying areas, where late frosts can zap the early spring blossoms. You’ll need to have another variety of Pear nearby to pollinate the blooms and enable good fruit set (Seckel isn’t compatible, however). Irrigate using the Elements™ Watering System and feed your tree with Elements™ Fertilizer to ensure that it gets the right amount of moisture and nutrients when it needs them. Proper maintenance is critical in growing Pears, which are unfortunately susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases such as fire blight, which may strike in warm, wet spring weather. Please don’t hesitate to contact our expert growers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about growing this or any fruit tree. They will be happy to help!
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5-6' Tall. Grown and shipped in our #7 fruit tree container. Grower pruned for fruit production. The hard work has been done for you, time to enjoy. Perfect for your home harvest.
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