Fruit Trees

Pollination of Fruit Trees

Pollination, cross pollination, self fertile, or partial, what does all this mean?

Self Fertile
A self fertile or self pollinating tree means that it is capable of setting fruit on its own, it does not require a companion plant to pollinate it and if planted in isolation it will still produce a bumper crop of fruit such as with citrus fruits.

Partially Self Fertile
This means that the tree will set some fruit if it is planted on its own but it will produce a much better crop if it has a pollinator planted with it. Plums are a good example of this for some varieties such as the Gulf Gold, Yarrahapinni and Iluka blood plum are partially self fertile, all these selections will set on their own but they do produce a better crop if they are cross pollinated. In the case of the Gulf Gold it is also recommended that you thin your fruit as it can produce such an enormous crop that the weight of the fruit can break the branches.

Pollination Beneficial
This is similar to partially self fertile. These fruits will set on their own but they will also benefit from having a pollinator with them as it will result in more fruit. Southern Highbush blueberries are a good example of this, blueberries such as the misty, gulfcoast, biloxi, legacy and blueberry burst will set well on their own but if you are wanting to grow more than one bush it is a good idea to mix up the varieties and they will also cross pollinate with each other.

Cross Pollination
Cross pollination is where two different varieties are grown for fruit set and the pollen from one is transferred to the other and vise versa, this transfer of genetically different pollen is essential in order for the trees to set fruit. Apples are a very good example of trees that require cross pollination. Choose two compatible pollinator for a bumper crop. It is a good idea to have your trees clearly labelled so you are certain which one is which just in case something happens to one of your trees and for any reason you need to replace the pollinator. You will need to know which tree is planted where.

Pollination - Male & Female
Some plants are dioecious meaning that they produce either male or female reproductive structures on separate trees. Kiwi fruits are a good example of this and in order to get fruit your will need at least one male kiwi vine to pollinate a group of up to seven female vines.
Pawpaws or papaya are another good example of fruit trees that in many cases produce separate male and female trees, but just to complicate matters there are also pawpaws trees that are termed bisexual plants, these are trees that produce flowers with both male and female parts making them self fertile or sefl pollinating so you will only need the one tree to get fruit. The Southern Red and Sunrise Solos are examples of bixexul pawpaws.

Tastes Like Rock Melon & stays small & Bushy The Pepino Kendall Gold Fruit Tree

It tastes like a Rock Melon stays very small and bushy. It is the Pepino Kendall Gold Fruit Tree variety. $9.90ea or 2+@5.00ea We have lots ready to send.

Feijoa Tree: Can you Eat Feijoa Flowers?

Yes you can eat Feijoa Tree Flowers and they are really good in Salads. They will decorate the salads plus they have a great taste. It is the petals that you can eat.

Feijoas are in full flower now (Spring). Besides their delicious fruit in autumn the petals of the flowers are excellent eating and also very ornamental. Add them to salads. Have you tried eating Feijoa flowers? Birds also love eating the petals and help in pollination.

Feijoa Fruit Tree for Sale

Fig Trees That are Cutting Grown are Best

When it comes to figs getting a known variety such as the Fig Tree - Black Genoa makes so much sense. They are a great pot plant because with root restriction they stay small but also "Freak Out" and start fruiting very early. Also when it comes to figs there are so many varieties. That is why when you get a cutting grown one from Daleys you know that the size, taste will be quality. Also you know that they will crop well.

Here is an example of the Fig Tree that we send to peoples homes across Australia.

Longan Kohala Fruit Tree - More Cold Hardy Than Lychees

The Longan Fruit Tree is more cold hardy than lychee Trees, very ornamental and the fruit is sweet. The longan Kohala

Caterpillars that like Pot Plants

Some very beautiful Caterpillars that have been on some pot plants.

Cacti - growing and planting cacti cuttings

Growing cacti from calloused cuttings is an excellent way of establishing plants in your garden.
Select a sunny location in your garden.
Build your trellis - this is an important first step when planting pitayas or dragon fruit as your vine will require a sturdy support to establish and attach itself to as it grows. A wooden round post that is chest high is ideal and if you are growing more than one plant you can join the posts together with a wooden cross bar. Timber is the perfect support as pitayas can easily attach their aerial roots to the rough service of the timber.

Don't make the mistake of planting them up a tree for support as it is very difficult to pick the fruit from the top of a cacti covered tree and your vine will be most productive if the arms are allowed to hang downwards, this encourages flowering and will give you more fruit.

Apple cacti are columnar cacti and will support themselves once they are established, however you will need a small stake to tie them to until they are firmly rooted in their position in your garden.

Make sure that the soil where you are going to plant your cutting is friable and well drained, cacti will not tolerate wet feet at all. You may need to use a pair of heavy gloves to protect your hands from the spikes on your cactus cutting or use a wad of newspaper wrapped around the cutting to make handling your cactus cutting painless.

Plant your cutting in the prepared soil to a depth of 5-10 cm, do not plant it too deep. You will then need to tie your cutting to its support with a soft stretchy tie, old tights are perfect for this as they are strong yet stretchy and they will not damage your cutting. You can if you wish root your cutting before planting it into the final position by following these same planting instructions and putting your cutting into seed raising mix until it forms roots. The roots of your new cutting should be well established after 90 days.

Apple cactus cutting

Pearl Pitaya cutting

Happy gardening