Content tagged "pollination"

Pollinating Highbush Blueberries

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2014

Investment in this critical component of blueberry production is essential for profitable yields

The Bug Chicks: Flower Power

Did you know that flowers flirt?! Flowers use their color, shape and smell to attract insects that pollinate. Join the Bug Chicks for this fun look at the...

Pollinating Apples

Apples Updated: August 17, 2013

Figure 1. Bumblebee on apple blossom (Alan R. Biggs, West Virginia University)Apples require cross-pollination for optimal fruit set and size. ...

How are cantaloupes pollinated?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 22, 2012

As with all cucurbits, the male and female flowers are separate on the same plant. The male flowers are the first to open, so fruit set should not be...

We have large zucchini plants that develop flowers, but they bloom, close up and fall off, without producing fruit. Any suggestions?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 25, 2011

Just be patient. The male flowers are predominant among the first flowers. Soon there will be more balance between the male and female flowers, and assuming...

Are grapevines male or female?

Gardens & Landscapes Grapes Updated: November 25, 2011

Most cultivated varieties of grape are hermaphroditic meaning they are capable of fertilizing themselves. Most wild vines and a few cultivated types are...

How are cucumbers pollinated?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 20, 2011

For a female flower to develop into a fruit, bees must carry pollen from male flowers on the same plant or different plants to the female flower (the one...

Why won't my squash set fruit? They bloom and then the blooms fall off.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 19, 2011

Squash have male and female blossoms on the same plant (monoecious). The male blossom is borne on a slender stalk. The female blossom has swollen embryonic...

My apple trees have had cedar apple rust. We've removed the cedar trees and sprayed with fungicide. Still very few flowers; will the trees resume blooming?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 17, 2011

You mentioned that your trees had cedar apple rust; did they also have a heavy fruit load? Many fruit trees exhibit a condition called alternate bearing. The...

Bees, Blueberries and Pollination (Video)

Blueberries Updated: November 17, 2011

Bob Danka for the USDA/ARS explains the importance of bees for blueberry pollination. Click on the image to start the video.   Read this article -- The...

Do I need to plant more than one pawpaw tree to get fruit?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 15, 2011

Pawpaws are generally self-incompatible, so you need two trees for cross-pollination. Plant at least two different cultivars or seedlings. Two grafted trees...

What causes ears of corn not to fill out completely?

Lack of corn ear fill can stem from a variety of causes. Hot, dry weather can result in poor pollination. Periods of heavy rain when pollen is shedding can...

Are bees necessary for pollination and fruit set in homegrown cantaloupes?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 19, 2011

For best yields, yes.  Although cantaloupes produce some perfect flowers (those that contain male and female parts), which can set fruit without pollen from...

Do blueberries need to be pollinated?

Gardens & Landscapes Blueberries Updated: September 19, 2011

Yes. For more information on pollination details, see this publication from the University of Alabama: "Fruitfulness and Pollination."  Modified Excerpt -...

How do I find out if two apple cultivars are effective to cross pollinate?

Apples Updated: September 08, 2011

Nursery catalogs or their web sites often list apple pollination charts or recommend good apple varieties to use as pollinzers. Varieties listed in these...

What is an appropriate pollinator for the Honeycrisp apple tree? I'm getting mixed messages from various nurseries here in Minnesota.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: April 21, 2011

Is there more than one kind of bumble bee?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How can I help native pollinators in my area?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How can I improve the chances of honey bees pollinating my crop?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How close should hives be placed to the crop they are to pollinate?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

What crops do not require honey bee pollination?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How many bee hives per acre do I need to pollinate a crop?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

What contribution do native bees make to crop production?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

How can I use mason bees for pollinating my fruit?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

What are minimum strength standards for a pollinating hive?

Bee Health Updated: November 10, 2009

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