Position – This pear tree grows well in a partially sunny spot. Plant the Early Bon Chretien pear tree close to a different variety with the same blooming period for the best pollination opportunities. The Forelle pear is an excellent choice for this. The Early Bon Cretien is a hardy tree that does well in most settings. It is a good variety for warmer climates.
Size – The Early Bon Chretien pear tree grows to an average height of 4 to 6 mts but can reach a height of about 9 mts with an 8 mt spread. So, give them plenty of space to grow and flourish (around 5 mts around each tree).
Soil Type – A light, sandy soil that drains well is perfect for this tree. This type of soil is loose enough to stay moist while not becoming flooded and allows the roots to grow through it easily. A neutral pH (around 7) works best.
Mulch – Apply organic mulch to your pear tree all year round. Scatter a deep layer of well-rotted compost, sawdust, or wood chips around the tree, being careful to keep it 20 to 30 cms from the trunk to avoid the trunk rotting due to being waterlogged. Mulch helps to keep the soil moist.
Watering – The Early Bon Chretien pear tree requires moderate watering to keep the soil moist. Be careful not to overwater it.
Fertilising – A slow-release fertiliser is advisable once a year. More than this should not be necessary unless your soil is exceptionally unhealthy and devoid of nutrients. Too much fertiliser will yield a beautiful tree but no fruits.
Pruning – Cut your tree to about four healthy shoots every winter, and thin out excess and unruly spurs. This encourages fruit and flowers to grow.
Harvesting – Pick your Early Bon Chretien pears when they are still a little green. They are ready to be picked when they come off the branch easily if you lift and twist them. Try not to leave them to ripen on the tree for too long because they quickly become mealy (or gritty) and overripe. Rather, pick them earlier and allow them to ripen for a day or two.