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Pollination Tips Cherries & Plums: Sour cherries are self-pollinating (Evans, Montmorency, Northstar and the Romantic series fall into this category). Plums and cherry-plums require cross-pollination. It is essential that the varieties bloom at the same time. Varieties that bloom mid-season will cross-pollinate both early and late-blooming varieties, as well as other mid-season bloomers. Many chokecherries also aid in cross-pollination. The closer the relationship between species, the larger and more abundant the fruit will be.
European apricots are self-pollinating. Manchurian and Siberian apricots fruit more dependably when
other apricot varieties or Nanking cherries are nearby.
Apples & Pears:
In order to have fruit from apple and pear trees, you often need a second tree for cross-pollination. As long as the second tree is within 500 feet (150M) pollination should occur. Within city limits, most apple and pear trees will be pollinated by insects carrying pollen from the neighbours’ trees.
Grapes are self-pollinating. Regular pruning is essential for fruit production. To do this, remove all suckers from the base of stems after the end of June. Remove ends of canes two to three leaves past the last fruit cluster and all non-producing canes.
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Blueberries are self-pollinating, but two or more varieties that bloom at the same time will result in better yields and larger berries.
Currants and Gooseberries:
Currants and Gooseberries are self-pollinating. Excellent fruit production can be obtained with just one plant. If currants are grown near gooseberries or josta berries however, yields can be even better! Black currants perform better when different cultivars are grown together (black currants will not cross with red or white currants and reverse).
They require 2 genetically different varieties blooming at the same time to produce both the largest and highest quantity of fruit – both plants will produce in about 3 years.
Issai is a hardy self-pollinating variety. Both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. Plants must be 2 to 3 years old before they will produce fruit.
Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Goji Berries & Saskatoons:
They are all self-pollinating.
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If your fruit trees are not performing well, refer to this troubleshooting list: •
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Cool, rainy weather conditions during flowering: Unfortunately bees and pollinating insects do not fly during cold, wet and windy weather. Generally, apple and pear trees have a productive life span of about 30 to 40 years. Trees older than this should be replaced. Trees can be rejuvenated by removing old, unproductive growth and allowing new growth to replace it. Some apple varieties have a tendency to perform biennially, with a large crop one year, not much the next, and a large crop again the third year. It is best to pollinate fruit trees of the same genus with each other – apples with apples – as long as both trees bloom at the same time. Pears and apples can cross-pollinate, but are not dependable. Some but not all crabapple trees work for cross-pollination. A few varieties are sterile. If you have a lack of pollinating insects, such as bees, try planting flowerbeds. Most flowers attract bees. The annual herb “Borage”, and the perennial “Beebalm” are especially good because their flowering times coincide with those of many fruit trees. Trees of the same variety will not pollinate each other. eg: a Fuji apple with another Fuji. Fertilize trees, top dress with manure and use azomite minerals yearly. Use dormant spray in early spring to kill over-wintering pests & stop fungus. Dig Garden Centre
Garden Plants for a Bee Sanctuary: Flowers Aster Rudbeckia Bleeding Heart Clover Columbine Cosmos Cornflower (weedy) Crocus Goldenrod Heather Hollyhock (not doubled) Lupine (wild) Marigold Pansies
Penstemon Poppy Echinacea Salvia Sedum Scented Geranium Sunflower (not doubled) Verbena (not red) Veronica Violets Wild Rose (and Rugosa) Yarrow Zinnia
Herbs Basil Bee Balm (Bergamot) Borage Catnip Cilantro Chives Comfrey Fennel Hyssop Lavender Mints Oregano Rosemary Sage Thyme
Veggies Eggplant Peppers Pumpkins Squash Tomatoes Watermelons Also, when left to flower: Broccoli Carrots Garlic
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