Bon Chretien Pear trees are easy and rewarding to grow, and the fruit is always delicious to add to sweet and savoury dishes. The Bon Chretien pear is one of the oldest dessert pear varieties. The tree, which is ideal for even small gardens, bears heavy harvests of the large and juicy fruits. The Bon Chretien pear are not self fertile and require a different variety of pear to cross pollinate it. makes a good pollinator.
These trees attract birds, insects and bees; making your garden a hotspot for some very exciting and beneficial species. These pears offer high fibre and vitamin C content, contributing to a healthy gut and efficient immune system. Poach them with red wine, cloves and cinnamon, or turn them into a delicious baked tart.
Position – Plant your pear tree in full sun for the best yield of fruit. They can tolerate some shade they will not fruit as much or grow as fast. They are really easy to grow if you protect them from heavy wind and areas where frost lingers.
Size – Pear trees have more of a conical (narrow but tall) growth habit. At maturity, they reach up to 6 metres tall and 4 metres wide.
Soil Type – This tree can tolerate most soils, but not heavy clay. A sandy loam soil is best as good drainage is important. Organic compost mixed with some soaked peat moss gives your pear tree a good start.