There’s nothing quite like the lazy thrum of bees on a sunny day. Dipping in and out of the tubular echo chambers of a foxglove flower, settling on fragrant spikes of lavender or buzzing heavily skywards, pollen sacs laden with golden dust. Bee on Hidcote lavender But bees and other...
The science (and sometimes the snake-oil) can run deep when it comes to fruit tree pollination.
You could read endless books and research studies on how to optimise your orchard with a diversity of cross-pollinators to achieve a bumper crop.
For most growers, it's actually pretty straightforward to get the right results. This guide should take the confusion out of how best to pollinate your fruit trees.
Spring and apple blossom are months away, what does pollination have to do with anything in October? Well, if you already have apple trees that are happily partnered up, the answer is nothing. But the bareroot tree planting season is almost here and if you are planning on adding some...
If you are thinking about buying apple trees this year then you will want to make sure they are compatible in terms of pollination. This is a list of Apple Flowering Groups for the UK. You can use it as a reference for the purposes of ensuring you have the...
Most apple trees are, to some extent, self-infertile and so heavier crops occur when they are pollinated by other, compatible varieties. Generally, different varieties of apple trees that flower at about the same time will cross-pollinate one another although there are some that both need a pollinator and refuse to repay the...