Online pollination checker for apple trees | Advice from Ashridge Nurseries

posted this on 28 Jul 2016

Good Pollination of your Apple Trees Increases crop Size

All apple trees need to be pollinated in order to carry fruit. Cross pollination happens when two apple trees of different but compatible varieties are in flower at the same time and the pollen from one fertilises the flower of the other. There are several "need toknows" here. Apple trees should not be planted in windy locations or at high altitude (above about 600ft to be safe) because the bees that do the hard work of carrying pollen from tree to tree find it hard to fly in these conditions so pollination will be poor. 

Second, just because two apples are in flower at the same time does not mean they are compatible. So it is important to pay attention to parentage and to pollination group as the fertility "window" of some varieties is very limited.

Third, account needs to be taken of sterile (known as triploid) trees. The best known of these is probably the Bramley. It can be fertilised by a wide range of other varieties but it fertilises nothing in return. So if you are growing a triploid apple, you will need two other varieties to pollinated each other as well as the triploid thereby making sure all your apples crop to the maximum. 

Finally, some apples are described as being "self-fertile". This is correct, to a certain extent, but self-fertile apples crop better if they are cross-pollinated by another variety. But if you only have room for one apple tree.....

Finding Pollination Partners is easy:

Just select your chosen apple in the drop down list below and click "Find Pollination Partners". You will then get a list of the compatible varieties we have in stock.

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Categories: Fruit Tree Advice
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