Medlar Growing Guide

Soil

Deep, fertile, well-drained soil.

Position

Full sun or partial shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Mulch with well-rotted organic matter in spring.

Companions

Spacing

Single Plants: 14′ 9″ (4.50m) each way (minimum)
Rows: 14′ 9″ (4.50m) with 14′ 9″ (4.50m) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Prepare a large hole by breaking up the soil and adding plenty of well-rotted organic matter.

Notes

Stake trees for the first 3-4 years. Healthy medlar trees will bear for decades.

Harvesting

Can harvest in fall before the fruits are fully ripe or else leave until they ripen if there is no danger of frost. Fruit must first be ‘bletted’ before eating raw. To do this, leave them in a cool place until they turn dark red-brown and become soft.

Troubleshooting

Medlars are naturally astringent, like persimmons.