Fruit Tree Tags - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cindyflasch
March 5, 2011
If the tag on the tree does not say anything about having to have a cross pollinator, can I assume that it is self-fertilizing?


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2011

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I think just the opposite is true. Unless the label states that the tree is self-fertile, you should assume you'll need a second variety for good fruit set. In general, apples, pears, sweet cherry and plum trees need a second variety for fruit set; apricots, peaches, nectarines, and sour cherry are usually considered self-fertile. Of course there are exceptions in each category so the best advice is to note the name of the cultivar on the label and then do some online research to see whether or not it needs cross pollination. Wish there were an easier way to tell!

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