Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Apple & Pear Bloom and Pollination

Apples are in full bloom now, and pears just finished blooming.  We'll have full crops of both apples and pears this year -- they're quite hardy, so weren't bothered by the -16 F winter.
Our apple orchard in bloom is a beautiful sight.

People sometimes ask if we raise honeybees to provide pollination for our fruit crops.  No -- we don't need to.  There are plenty of wild bees in our area that provide lots of pollination.  Most years, the bees provide too much pollination, and we'll need to thin off about 80% of the young fruits, so the remaining fruits get large enough and develop good flavor.
Wild bees are plentiful in our apple trees now.