Pear trees are easy to grow, suitable for containers and very long lived. Whilst they take a few years to reach the fruiting stage, they can be expected to live for a century, or even longer, producing plenty of sweet and juicy crops, making them the grandfather of the orchard or kitchen garden. With careful site selection, planting and aftercare, pear trees will yield a handsome reward for the rest of your life. There is nothing like eating fresh fruit straight from the tree in autumn; far better than anything available from the supermarket shelves. Different varieties produce their fruit at different times of the year and late ripening varieties store well, so you can have a plentiful stock that can be enjoyed throughout the winter. Pears grow on rootstocks which determine the ultimate size of the tree and are a key factor in getting a successful crop.