Do Fruit Trees Really Grow Better in Pairs?

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By Backyard Homestead HQ

Self-pollinating fruit trees can be grown alone, while fruit trees that require cross-pollination must be grown in pairs.

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Why You Need 2+  Fruit Trees  to Pollinate

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Find out fruit trees that require cross-pollination or is self-fruitful.

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Some trees are self-pollinating, while others require a compatible cross-pollinating tree planted nearby.

Fruit trees need to be pollinated to bear fruit.

The Stella variety of sweet cherries

The apricot varieties

The Bartlett variety of pear

What Fruit Trees Are Self-Pollinating

Nectarine varieties

Citrus trees

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to hand-pollinate your fruit trees:

Step #1: Identify the stamens and stigma of your fruit blossoms.

Step #2: Wait till your tree is in full bloom.

Step #3: Pollinate the tree.

What’s The Range of Pollination for Fruit Trees?

Standard-sized fruit trees

must be planted in a 25-foot-plus diameter space.

Dwarf fruit tree

should be planted in an 8-foot diameter space.

Semi-dwarf fruit tree

should be planted in a 15-foot space.

Good soil nutrition, regular pruning, pest management, and disease management are crucial in the ongoing care of any backyard orchard of fruit trees.