Fruit Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Question by lynnefoster
May 9, 2008

My husband was in a store to purchase an apple tree. On the tag it stated a male and female tree required for polination. No one at the store knew the difference between a male and female tree.

He purchased a Red Delicious Apple Tree from Home Depot which did not indicate any information regarding polination. My question is: Does the tree require another apple tree in the vicinity to polinate or could it be self polinating?

Yours truly,

Lynne Foster.

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2008


Although some apple varieties are considered self-fruitful, all apples will produce a heavier crop if there is a second apple variety in the garden. Your red delicious will need a Golden Delicious, Gravenstein, Jonagold, Fuji or Gala tree in order to produce fruit.

Best wishes with your apples!

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