Garden Tips

Planting a pear tree in a bucket: Helpful tips on care and variety selection


When you think of a pear tree, you have a big tree in the middle of the garden. A pear tree can also be kept as a container plant. You only have to consider a few things.

Pear trees also thrive in the tub. In the morning, step out onto the terrace or balcony and harvest fresh pears from your own tree, what could be nicer? After all, a pear tree doesn't always have to be in the garden. If you put a little effort into it, a pear tree can be successfully pulled in a bucket. If you succeed, you can soon enjoy the first fruits from your own harvest directly on the balcony or terrace.

Pear trees need to be grafted

A stable pear tree develops from a base and a matching noble rice. The underlay refers to the section of the plant from the root to the processing point. The noble rice, from which the branches later develop, is then attached to this. Because unrefined fruit trees do not bear fruit. You can even do the finishing yourself. Winter is the best time for this.

➜ How to do it:

Cut the base and the noble rice at an angle so that the cut surfaces fit as closely as possible and press them together. Now wrap bast tightly around the finishing area and seal it with tree wax. In late spring, the rootstock and fine rice grew together to form a new pear tree that can bear fruit.

Weakly growing documents are important for the container keeping

If the procedure is too complex for you, you can also buy ready-made trees in the nursery or in the garden center. But be careful: Not all plants are equally well suited for keeping in the tub. It is important that you choose a tree with a slightly growing base. Finally, the space for root growth in the bucket is limited. Pear trees with a very fast growing rootstock such as you should not use the Kirchensaller Mostbirne. Better are:

❍ Quince C:

The weakest growing pear root is quince C. But at the same time it is very demanding. You must protect Quince C from frost as reliably as from excessive drought. Quince C is also very sensitive to lime in the irrigation water and in the ground. The tree will also not be very stable and must be supported with a post. However, if the general conditions are right, you can look forward to quick, high yields.

❍ Pyrodwarf:

Early and high yields can also be expected from the Pyrodwarf underlay, which also copes well with lime, is convincing due to the hardness of frost and is very stable. The only disadvantage: Pyrodwarf grows stronger than quince C. So you need a very large bucket.

❍ Quince A:

The Quince A pad offers a good compromise between Quince C and Pyrodwarf in terms of growth strength. It is insensitive to winter frost, but it is sensitive to lime.

Tips for keeping pots

❖ Location:

If you want to keep one or more pear trees in the bucket, you have to choose a suitable location for the plants. Pear trees prefer a lot of sun and little wind.

❖ bucket size:

First choose a small bucket and replace it with a bigger one year after year. This optimizes the water and nutrient supply for the growing pear tree.

❖ Fertilize:

Pear trees that have not been repotted for a long time must be fertilized regularly. It is best to use fruit fertilizer.

❖ Set up two trees:

A pear tree needs a second pear tree nearby for fertilization. So always put together at least one pair.

❖ Control aphids:

Check the leaves regularly for aphid infestation and proceed swiftly against the pests. It helps e.g. Garlic brew against aphids and also cigarette ash.