Nothing beats a fresh pear with a delicious aroma from your own fruit tree. No other pears taste so wonderfully juicy and crisp on a summer afternoon. But when is the right time to harvest pears and what is the best way to go about it? How can you tell if a pear has just reached its optimum degree of ripeness? HAILO has put together answers to all these questions for you.
The harvest time of the pear varies depending on the pear variety. The weather conditions also influence the harvest period. In general, harvesting begins in July at the earliest with the summer pear. These early varieties include the red Williams Christ, the colourful July pear, and the early Trevoux pear. Autumn and winter pears, on the other hand, need more time to ripen. Varieties such as the Boscs bottle pear, Conde, Gellerts butter pear, and Conference are not harvested until September. The golden month of October is the harvest month of the Vereinsdechant and Novembra varieties.
There are several factors that can be used to determine the ripeness of pears. First of all, the size of the fruit and its fragrance give simple indications of the degree of ripeness. In addition, the colour of the pear can tell when it is ready for harvesting. However, this can differ depending on the pear variety. Some pear varieties have dark red spots when they are ripe for harvesting, while others are completely green when ripe for harvesting.
A more reliable answer as to whether your pears are ripe or still need time is provided by the pear's turning test on the tree. Choose a pear on your tree that looks ripe and turn it slightly. If the pear can be easily detached in this way, it is ripe for harvesting. However, if it breaks off at the stem, your pear tree still needs some time before you harvest it.
When harvesting your pear tree, it is important to remember that often not all pears ripen at the same time. This is because pears that hang in a sunny spot on the tree reach harvest maturity earlier than those that receive little light. Therefore, harvesting should be done in several batches with a little time between them.
You should prune your pear tree at regular intervals to allow it to grow healthily. The right time to prune your pear tree is between the end of February and the beginning of March. But pruning is also possible in late autumn. The most important thing is to cut back old wood so that the crown of the tree is loose again and allows plenty of light to pass through. However, before you climb the crown of your pear tree, you should make sure that your ladder is stable – your safety should always be your top priority when pruning and harvesting pear trees.
Uneven surfaces in the garden pose a certain danger for any work on ladders. You always have a safe footing with our HAILO S100 ProfiLOT. The so-called LOT system compensates for uneven ground, slopes or steps up to a height of 15 cm. Crossbars with large paw feet provide additional stability and slip resistance.
After these answers to the most important questions about pear harvesting, you should now be ready to plunder your own fruit tree. And after the work is done, it's time to sit back on the garden lounger and bite into a deliciously fresh pear, letting the summer day fade away.