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.
Place extracted pear seeds in a jar filled with water. Discard floating seeds and any flesh. Soak the viable seeds that sank in water overnight, then pour out the water. Place the seeds in a solution of one part bleach and 10 parts water for 10 minutes, then rinse the seeds thoroughly to remove the bleach.
Chill the Seeds
Cut the pears open and use a fingernail or dull knife point to pop seeds out, or chop the pears in a food chopper, then pour the contents over a screen to locate and pick off the pear seeds.
Cut and Seed the Pears
Place the pear seeds in a plastic bag with moist sand or peat moss and refrigerate the seeds in a refrigerator at a temperature between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the seeds in cold storage for 60 to 90 days.
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This article was co-authored by Maggie Moran and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Maggie Moran is a Professional Gardener in Pennsylvania.
Growing a pear tree from a seed can take some time, but the reward of tasty, home-grown fruit is well worth it! Start by soaking several seeds in a bowl of water overnight. If the seeds are still sitting at the bottom of the bowl in the morning, they’re good to grow. Fill a bag with peat moss, and push a few seeds 2-3 inches into the moss. Keep the bag in the crisper drawer of your fridge for 3 months, which will give the seeds time to start germinating. After 3 months, soak the seeds in a bowl of warm water for 2 days to soften their shells. Plant whichever seeds don’t float to the top of the bowl in a small container, like a plastic cup. Once they have a few leaves, you can choose the best seedling and plant it in a bigger pot or outside. To learn how to support a pear tree as it grows, read more from our Gardening co-author!