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It’s time to have “the talk” ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and trees.
In order for fruit to develop, pollination must occur at blossom time. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part of the flower. And just like in life – finding the right partner is essential for success! The transfer of pollen from one variety to a different variety of the same type of tree is called cross-pollination. Cross-pollination is essential for most apples, pears, most sweet cherries, and most Japanese plums. Cross-pollination is not essential, but does improve the number of fruit that form on apricots, peaches and nectarines.
We all have our roles to play. And the same goes for fruit trees and their polination process.
Fruit trees that may be pollinated with their own pollen and that can produce fruit without the aid of a pollination partner.
Fruit trees that require pollen from a different variety of the same type of tree in order to bear fruit.
These fruit varieties are feelin’ themselves.
The hopelessly devoted romantics of the fruit tree world.
They get by with a little help from their friends.