Pear Seeds - Bartlett

(Pyrus communis Bartlett) Zones 5 - 7. Heirloom Pear variety, 1700s. 

The Bartlett Pear, sometimes known as the William's Pear, is probably the most popular pear here in North America, but did you know you can grow it yourself? 

Bartlett Pears are large, firm and juicy. They are great fresh but their firmer texture makes them great for poaching and bottling. If you bottle pears for Winter storage, I highly recommend adding a vanilla bean, star anise and cinnamon to your syrup. YUM!

Bartlett Pears do well when grown in full Sun and loamy soil, although they can tolerate clay soils as well. This pear is also grown as a disease resistant root stock for grafting other pear varieties.

Will need a pollinator to produce fruit.


Cold Hardiness: Zones 5- 7

Edible: Yes

SizeMedium Tree 

Growth RateMedium - Slow

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: No

Germination: Naturally low 40 - 60%

Sun Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Preference: Prefers, moist well draining loam.



SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag, covered tray/cells or container.

STRATIFICATION: 90 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper. Inspect periodically for even moisture and early germination.  

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds 1/2” deep, ideally in a peat/perlite mix. Water evenly and regularly. Prefers temperatures around 20°C for germination.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 30 days.

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Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.


  • $5.99

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