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Do plums need to cross pollinate?
Last Updated: 21st April, 2020
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Similarly one may ask, are plums self pollinating?
Although several varieties of plums and prunes are self-fertile, they produce more fruit if another plum is close by. Self-pollinating trees frequently make good pollinators for self-sterile trees, but Japanese and European plums won't cross-pollinate due to differing bloom times.
One may also ask, do I need 2 plum trees to produce fruit? When you are selecting a plum variety, be aware that most ornamental plums will not produce any fruit. To get the best fruit crop, you should plant at least 2 plum trees to get good pollination. Some varieties are self-fertile so you can get away with a single tree if you get the right type.
Furthermore, how do you cross pollinate a plum tree?
Gather pollen from larger trees by brushing the duster on a pole through the centers of flowers on the first, or pollinating tree. Carry the pole to the second tree and dab the pollen-filled duster into the centers of the blooms on that tree. Continue pollinating your trees for several days, as more blossoms open.
What fruit trees do not need cross pollination?
However, some types of fruit trees are self-fruitful and do not need to reproduce with other plants.
- Citrus. Most citrus trees grown indoors or outdoors are self-fruitful, including oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons and limes.
- Peaches, Nectarines and Apricots.
- Other Fruit.
- Cross-Pollination Exceptions.