Friut Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Charleston, SC
Question by shendrix2
February 13, 1998
I was thinking of planting a peach, a pear, and a Granny Smith apple tree and was wondering if I need to have more than one variety of each type for fruiting?


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Answer from NGA
February 13, 1998

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Most peach varieties are self-pollinating, so you only need to plant one variety. Apples and pears, however, need more than one variety for pollination, and pears will produce best if there are three different varieties in close proximity.

It sounds like you will have the makings of a small backyard orchard. In fact, you may even want to purchase an excellent book called The Backyard Orchardist by Stell Otto. It can provide some "hand-holding" throughout your new gardening adventure.

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