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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Mifflintown, PA
"...that will not break the bank" is relative, but I've gotten grafted pears from both Cummins Nursery and Adams County Nursery. They will run at least $20+ per tree unless you are ordering a large quantity. I consider that a decent price for the quality of trees that I've received from both, but I don't know your budget. Wildlife Group also sells a number of 'deer pears' that are grafted trees, but I haven't tried them since they are a southern nursery, the cost is still $25/tree shipped when you buy one of their packages of five trees, and if I'm spending the same money anyway, I'd prefer to plant pears that I can enjoy too. If you go the nursery route, you will probably want to get your order in very soon, as the popular varieties often sell out early.
I bought one Keiffer from Tractor Supply last summer on clearance; think I still may have paid $18 or so, and while their trees are grafted, it's tough to say exactly what sort of root stock you are getting. If you watch closely at the big box stores next summer, you can possibly find a clearance deal on some trees, but that won't usually happen before late spring, at best, so a little late for your spring planting plans.
Sometimes the PGC has pear seedlings (not grafted), but I don't see them listed on the 2018 list on their site. Those would be less costly per tree if they had them, but they are much smaller than the nursery stock mentioned above, and whether individual trees produce good fruit is anyone's guess since, like apples, pears aren't "true to seed".
If you are going the seedling route, you could also start your own from seed.
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