The ‘Beurre Hardy’ pear tree is one of the earliest fruit trees of our orchards, harvested at the end of summer.
Beurre Hardy Pear tree facts
Height – 16 to 50 feet (5 to 15 meters)
Soil – ordinary
Exposure – full sun
Foliage – deciduous
Harvest of beurre hardy pears – September/October
Pruning and planting are all practices that, if well performed, will increase your pear harvest.
Planting a ‘Beurre Hardy’ pear tree
This fruit tree, like most trees in general and pear trees in particular, is best planted in fall to favor root development before winter.
If you’re planning on planting in spring or in summer, provide for more regular watering, especially at the beginning.
- Dig a hole 20 inches (80 cm) wide and 16 inches (60 cm) deep.
- Prepare a mix of garden soil and soil mix.
- Ideally, layer along the bottom of the hole some type of soil conditioner, such as manure or seaweed, or dehydrated manure.
- Position your Beurre Hardy pear tree in the hole so that the base of the trunk is slightly higher than ground level.
- Backfill with the mix of soil and soil mix.
- Water like the monsoon and then press the soil down in order to eliminate any air bubbles that might keep the soil and roots from touching.
- Find our advice on planting here, too.
Note that the Beurre Hardy pear tree should not be planted in dry and chalky soil.
Pollinating Beurre Hardy pear flowers
The ‘Beurre Hardy’ pear tree pollinates well when planted near ‘Conference’, ‘Dr Jules Guyot’, ‘Doyenné du Comice’ and ‘Williams’ pear trees.
Pruning and caring for a Beurre Hardy pear tree
So that you may support the tree in producing many beautiful pears, it is important to perform a fruit-inducing pruning before spring growth has started.
- Look up the different steps of a pear tree’s pruning cycle.
Harvesting ‘Beurre Hardy’ pears
When should pears be harvested? This is a common question, because it is sometimes difficult to determine the best moment.
Know that you should not just wait for them to fall to harvest. For this pear tree, harvest season is most often around September/October.
Actually, if you twist them a quarter of a turn and that they detach without needing to force anymore, then you know the right time to harvest the pears has come.
Learn more about the Beurre Hardy pear
This pear variety is quite old since it was first put down in books in 1830.
It is also one of the first fall pears to be harvested. It is much liked for its sweet fruit with melting white flesh.
Pear trees, famous for their long lifespan (sometimes nearly 200 years), are trees native to Europe and Asia.
They are usually of average size, but some specimens are known to reach 50 feet (15 meters) in height.
Pear trees blossom as soon as April, and produce marvelous little white flowers, sometimes pink, that bees are drawn to in spring.
They can also be found in the wild, in our gardens, or in large orchards for commercial pear production.
Smart tip about the Beurre Hardy pear tree
When planting, mulch the base of the tree to keep it from from freezing.
Repeat this operation every year, you’ll avoid weed growth without using products that are toxic for your pears!
Diseases and insects that attack Beurre Hardy pear tree
- Powdery mildew – white velvet covers leaves.
- European brown rot: pears rot while still on the tree.
- Codling moths or fruit worm – brown stains on leaves and fruits
- Apple scab – brown stains on leaves and fruits.
- Rust – brownish-orange lesions appear on the underside of leaves.
- Aphids – leaves lose their original color and curl themselves into tube shapes