Almond-leaf Pear Seeds
Deer pear- highly productive
Native pear species from Europe and Asia Minor. Extremely tough spur-type tree. Produces hard 1-2” tart pears remaining good through December. The only pear tree that will make you ask, 'What the heck is it?' because it looks like an oak tree with large, dense limbs. The fruits are produced on short spurs all along the branches. Extremely dense wood. Hard to prune even with good loppers. One of the best tree-form pears we grow with no narrow crotch angles, so splitting of branches is non-existent.
To germinate the seeds: Fall plant seeds before winter and cover with 1/4 inch sandy soil inch. Space seeds about 1 inch apart in the row. Seeds will germinate in the spring. Seedlings are quite frost resistant so not to worry for most frosts. For refrigeration, store at 33-38 F in lightly moist canadian peat moss for 90-120 days. Seeds will begin to sprout after 60-80 days. Take those out and plant them if you can. Never plant the seeds deep so the cotyledons or first leaves are below the soil level. This direction for seeds is very similar to most apples and pears.