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POLLINATION


There is nothing more beautiful than a cherry orchard in full bloom.  While it is beautiful, this bloom is a very practical and key step in growing cherries.  Cherry trees must be pollinated to produce a crop.  The pollination usually occurs in early April.  The first step in pollination is having two varieties that will cross pollinate each other.  In most of our orchards, we have planted smaller numbers of a different variety amongst the main variety.  For example, we have van cherries planted every third tree in every third row among our Bing cherry trees. 

 

Next, there must be bees present to carry the pollen of these pollinating trees to your main trees.  Relying on nature to provide enough bees during the critical time period is not adequate.  We hire professional bee keepers to bring bee hives in boxes to our orchards.  This is normally done at night when the temperatures are cool and the bees are inactive.   The addition of these bees usually means success in the pollinating the crop.

 

Occasionally we have years where the crop just does not pollinate well and we really don't have a good explanation.  It could be the timing of a warm or cold snap, or something else we cannot account for.  This can cause a very low production crop or an irregular crop, where one tree or branch has set a large amount of cherries and the next did not.

 
 

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