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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Fruits that need pol­li­na­tion part­ners

If there is no fruit on your newly-planted tree this year, it may be be­cause it needs a pol­li­nat­ing part­ner.

Many mod­ern va­ri­eties don’t need part­ners, but most crop more heav­ily when given pol­li­na­tion part­ners which are in flower at the same time.

The Con­fer­ence pear, for ex­am­ple, will pro­duce ba­nanashaped fruits on its own, but will bear im­proved pear-shaped fruits when cross pol­li­nated. Cher­ries are dif­fi­cult, but the newer va­ri­eties are less so, and on new dwarf­ing stocks you can fit in a pair where pre­vi­ously only one would go. As a rule, pears and ap­ples need part­ners, although there are so many ap­ple trees around that we can of­ten get away with not plant­ing part­ners our­selves.

Of­ten, you may find a close neigh­bour’s tree will cross-pol­li­nate with yours, with­out you hav­ing to in­vest in a sec­ond tree.

Nearly all soft fruits are self-fer­tile, although a mixed group al­ways crops more heav­ily than the same amount of just one va­ri­ety.

Bud­dy­ing up is of­ten the way to go when it comes to buy­ing fruit trees.

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