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Cross Pollination in Fruit Crops

Some fruiting plants can create their own fruit through self-pollination, while others require cross pollination.

In basic terms, cross pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male reproductive parts of one plant to the female reproductive parts of another.

The catch is that some fruit crops require cross pollination between two different varieties or cultivars of the same plant.

For example, many blueberry flowers must be pollinated by pollen from a different cultivar in order to set fruit. Some citrus, grapes, and blackberries also require cross-pollination.

So if you’re thinking of planting any fruit crops, be sure to check the pollination requirements. Otherwise, you may not end up with the harvest you crave.

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