In general, pears flower earlier in compared with apples. Therefore the risk of spring frost damage is relevant throughout the UK. However, even in the North, in the areas where the Gulf Stream has a strong influence, or on the east coast in areas relatively close to the sea, pear growing can be very successful.
In areas where bullfinches are common, real damage can be caused by these birds during the winter months if other food resources are in short supply.
On the other hand, pears like well-drained heavy soils. The size of the fruit of pear trees is very much related to the available moisture. For that reason alone, pears are not really suited to light land, unless well irrigated and a plentiful supply of organic matter. Dried chicken manure, which is high in nitrogen, is particularly suited to pears.
To summarize, if growing conditions are favourable, pears can be a real winner if trained along south or western walls in the shape of a fan or espalier.
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Doyenne du Comice
Williams Bon Cretien