Celebrate Pear Month

Happy Holidays and Happy National Pear Month! #PearMonth Pears are one of those tasty fruits that can be grown in the Southwest – BUT! Pears require a certain number of chill hours to produce fruit. How many chill hours do pears need? That depends on the variety you select! Chill Hours Many of the trees we grow for fruit need to have some time to “chill out.” Termed “chill hours” it is defined as a specific number of cumulative hours of temperatures lower than 45 degrees F. Some of these trees are even evergreen, like olives, but for good fruit set, they need their accumulated hours of chilling weather. It is important to know the chilling requirements of any fruit and nut trees you plan on planting because inadequate chilling causes poor, if any, crop. Thus, knowing your local chill hours is helpful for selecting the right tree. Fruits that…

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