How to Acclimate Pear Trees

Acclimate (ac·cli·mate): "To become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions. Also to harden off a plant."

Acclimating pear trees helps to minimize environmental stress when planting. Since our potted pear trees are grown in the controlled environment of our greenhouses, they may arrive to you already sporting tender new growth. This growth can be sensitive to things like direct sunlight and sudden changes in temperature, so acclimating these pear trees to their new environment will help provide a great start.

Things that may cause injury to tender new growth in transplants:

  • Temperatures (below 50ºF or above 90ºF)
  • Frost snaps
  • Strong/direct sunlight
  • Wind

These conditions are more likely to occur during early spring, but can be expected during different times of year in different areas.

NOTE: This is part 2 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow pear trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.