Fruit Tree Pollination

The weather has a big impact on successful fruit set. If the weather is good when the trees are in flower, most will set adequate fruit. This is because there are many pollinating insects and an abundance of pollen. However, as most of us live in urban areas, where there are usually other apple trees, there is a good chance that enough pollinating insects are around to achieve good fruit set.

So, if you don’t want to leave things to nature the following pollination guide should help. On our labels each variety has been given a POLLINATION GROUP, from 1 to 5. Varieties can be matched within one group either side. i.e. A variety in group 3 will inter pollinate with any variety in groups 2,3 & 4. 

The exception to this are triploid varieties of apple such as Bramley’s Seedling. They require two none triploid varieties in order to be pollinated. Some varieties of ornamental crab apples (Malus) make very good pollinators for apple trees. The following varieties are particularly good. Everest, Golden Hornet, John Downie and Pink Glow.

It is worth noting that some varieties have shown a tendency to be partially self-pollinating. (self-fertile)

The same basic pollination principles apply to pears as to apples. Like apples, pears are given pollination groups. These groups also work in the same way as they do for apples. (Note: Apples and pears will not pollinate each other).
All our varieties are self-pollinating. (self-fertile) so do not require another variety for pollination.
Most of our varieties are self-pollinating. (self-fertile) but, for those which are not you can apply the same ‘Pollination Group’ method as for apples and pears.
All our varieties are self-pollinating. (self-fertile) but, in cold weather when few insects are about they may need to be hand pollinated. You can hand pollinate by transferring pollen from one flower to another with a soft brush to achieve a good fruit set.

For more information about  the care, cultivation and availability of fruit trees, scan the QR code, or pick up an information leaflet in our shop.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given both on our lists and labels. However, some details may vary according to special or geographical circumstances. Varieties offered are subject to availability.

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