Position – This pear tree grows well in a partially sunny spot. It is a hardy tree that does well in most settings.
Size – The Keiffer pear tree grows to an average height of 6 metres. Give this tree plenty of space to spread up to 6 metres.
Soil Type – A light, sandy soil that drains well is perfect for this tree. This soil type is loose enough to stay moist while not becoming water-logged, allowing the roots to grow. A neutral pH (around 7) works best.
Mulch – Apply organic mulch to a 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 centimetres from the trunk to avoid the trunk rotting due to being waterlogged. Mulch helps to keep the soil moist.
Watering – The pear tree requires moderate watering to keep the soil moist. But be careful not to overwater it.
Fertilising – A slow-release fertiliser once a year is sufficient. 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. Pruning encourages fruit and flowers to grow, opens up the airflow, and allows the sun to ripen the fruits.
Harvesting – Pick your Keiffer pears when they turn from green to yellow. Ripe pears are firm, with the stem end of the pear yielding to gentle pressure from your thumb.