Deep, fertile, well-drained soil.
Full sun or partial shade.
Mulch with well-rotted organic matter in spring.
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.
Stake trees for the first 3-4 years. Healthy medlar trees will bear for decades.
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.
Medlars are naturally astringent, like persimmons.