Choosing Pear Varieties for Patio Container Gardens

The wonders of modern, dwarfing rootstocks have made the pear available to container gardeners. As easy to grow as apples, these pear varieties just need a little more warmth, sunshine, and frost and wind protection.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Terrace Pearl Pear Tree: Produces Veil of White Blossoms

This tiny tree is perfect on the patio. White spring blossoms are followed by a good crop of juicy fruits on this decorative tree.

Heavy Cropping Concorde Pear: Juicy and Smooth

The concorde pear will produce many fruits for your patio. Its slender shape makes it an interesting choice, as well as its juicy nature.

Doyenne du Comice: Bears Green Skinned Fruit

Large fruits are produced in mid-fall and should be grown in a warm area.

Humbug Pears: Teardrop-Shaped and Very Sweet

The humbug pears add interest with their green, yellow, and pink striped skin. They are very sweet and juicy and store well.

Williams Bon Chretien Pears: Pretty Pale Green

‘Williams’ Bon Chrétien’ has large, pale green fruits with delicious, juicy flesh. They are ready to pick in early autumn.

Upright Cordon Pears: Perfect for Patio Pots

Cordon pears work for pots because they produce a crop of fruits close to the stem on short spurs, rather than on wide, spreading branches.

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