Growing Pear Trees Commercially
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How to grow Pear Trees for profit – Professional Cultivation of Pear Trees – Starting a Pear Orchard
Growing pear trees commercially can be a good source for income, provided is done rationally and at a medium to large scale. As is the case for the majority of fruit trees, you need to achieve economies of scale. This means that you normally cannot make money by growing 30 or 50 trees, because fixed costs will reach (if not exceed) earnings. A good base to start is an orchard of 1 hectare (10.000 square meters) with 600-800 trees or more. The average pear tree is able to produce notable quantity of fruits from the 3rd to 6th year of its age and can continue to do so until the 35th-50th year of its age. The things you have to consider are the following: You have to carefully select the location according to your tree’s variety climate requirements, soil requirements and of course according to your market. Then, you have to decide on choosing standard, semi dwarf or dwarf trees. The majority of commercial growers choose semi dwarf varieties. Planting distances, pollination, fertilization, irrigation, pruning and thinning are extremely important for achieving good yields in the long term. Finally, you have to be able to hire a small group of experienced workers in order to harvest your fruits at the right time of harvesting. This can also be an issue, because the pear tree gives us a small time window to harvest the fruits. If you are unable to harvest your pears during this time, fruit’s quality severely deteriorates (some parts of the fruit turn gritty).
Pear tree growers must also have a good understanding of Alternate Bearing, because it may affect their production. Alternate bearing is the tendency of some fruit trees to yield greater than average production in one year and much less than average (if not zero) production in the following year. Some pear varieties have an inherent tendency towards biennial bearing, which can be exacerbated most often by lack of thinning, by Nitrogen deficiency, water stress or other reasons.
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4.) Growing Pear Trees commercially
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