Korean Giant Asian Pear Tree (GPA) For Sale
The Korean giant asian pear tree is one of the most popular trees in Korea. It grows up to 15 feet tall and has a diameter of 10 inches. Its leaves are green with white stripes, and its fruit is a roundish orange disk about 1 inch in diameter. It is very easy to grow, but it requires a lot of care.
You need to water regularly and fertilize once or twice a year.
How To Grow Korean Giant Asian Pear Tree For Sale?
It takes 3 years for the GPA to reach full size. Once mature, it will produce a large number of fruits each season. They’re delicious!
You can buy a GPA from any nursery in Korea. It’s not difficult to grow, so you’ll probably want to do it at least once if only because you have some left over fruits after your other trees are done blooming.
Tips for Growing GPA
Although the GPA is considered a cold-hardy plant, it does not do well in areas that have extremely cold winters. It needs to be grown in a region where the temperature stays above -20 degrees C.
The GPA prefers fertile, well-drained soil and lots of sunlight. Make sure to water it regularly, especially during its first year of growth. After that, you should only need to water it during prolonged periods of drought. You should fertilize it once during the early spring and again during the early fall.
When pruning, be sure to remove dead or diseased branches first, then prune back the outer branches to open up the tree’s center for better light exposure.
The GPA is an exceptionally fast grower. It can grow up to 12-15 feet in its first year alone. For this reason, you should prune it heavily during its first two years of growth.
Begin by removing all of the tree’s side branches. Concentrate on removing the ones that are growing upward toward the sun instead of out toward the perimeter of the tree. Next, cut back the limbs that are growing straight out from the trunk. Keep these pruned to the last two leaves in order to stimulate new growth.
After this, you only need to prune out dead or diseased branches and any that are crossing over one another. GPA’s have a natural tendency to grow outward so you shouldn’t have to do much thinning of the branches at the perimeter. However, if you do find that the branches are starting to overcrowd one another, you can remove some of them to let more light into the center of the tree.
When it comes to pruning, the GPA is actually very easy to maintain. You only need to prune away dead or diseased limbs. It isn’t necessary to do heavy pruning for any other reason. Even after felling the tree, it will sprout up from the stump so long as the roots are still intact.
Korean Giant Asian Pear Tree, How to grow GPA – Blossom & Ripening
The GPA can produce its first blooms in as little as three years. It generally starts out it’s blooming season fairly slowly but as the weather warms it begins to produce more and more flowers until it eventually seems to be in full-bloom. The GPA is also self-fertile and produces viable seeds of its own.
After about a month, the flowers will begin to fall off and in another week or so, they will start to ripen into pears. The GPA produces oblong-shaped fruits that range in color from green to yellow. They are very juicy and have a light and crisp flesh. You can pick them when they reach an immature green or allow them to ripen until they achieve a golden hue.
The ripened fruits have a buttery, sweet and tart flavor.
The GPA is typically ready to harvest in the fall about 5-7 months after it has stopped producing blooms. It typically takes another month or so for the pears to ripen and be ready for consumption.
Korean Giant Asian Pear Tree, How to grow GPA – Pruning
Pruning is one of the keys to keeping your GPA tree healthy.
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