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Pennsylvania State University Extension recommends that you prepare the outdoor planting site or the flats or containers you will sow the seeds in. Use a rototiller or hoe to break up the top 6 to 8 inches of soil in a site in bright light that does not receive direct sunlight during the hottest midday hours. To start seeds indoors, fill flats or individual containers with a sterile, well-drained germinating medium that contains equal parts peat moss and sand, perlite or vermiculite and gently firm the material down.

Move the containers to a position with greater light, remove any plastic or glass covering and decrease the frequency of watering slightly once seedlings emerge.

Chill the Seeds

Damp peat moss or sand

Sow the Seeds

Plastic or glass covering

Pear seeds

However, the joy of raising our own tree from seed is unparalleled, so let’s get started. The first thing we have to do is collect 5-10 mature pears, preferably from 2-3 different varieties. We cut the pears carefully and we collect the seeds (try not to cut the seeds with your knife – damaged seeds will not germinate). We need to have at least 3 dozens of seeds, because -on average- only 1 out of 4 seeds will germinate properly and will finally manage to develop into a young tree. We first let the seeds dry and then we carefully wrap every 2-3 seeds into a wet paper towel. We put each wet towel in a plastic bag sealed properly.

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