Pollinating Apple Trees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by bale55
May 11, 2009
Hi, I recently purchase one of each of the following trees: Jonathan Apple Dwarf, Dwarfpear and a Dwarf cherry tree. Will they ever bear fruit or did I need to buy two of each in order for pollination? The 3 trees are about 10


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Answer from NGA
May 11, 2009

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For the heaviest crop, each of your fruit trees will need a second variety for cross pollination. These should be planted nearby, unless there are already other apple, pear and sweet cherry trees in your neighborhood. Some fruit trees are considered self fruitful and will produce fruits but they will bear more fruit if a second variety is nearby. If you don't have room for additional trees you can wait to see how well yours bear. They may produce just the right amount of fruit for your use. Most of the newer fruit tree varieties are bred to be disease resistant so again, just wait to see whether or not they will need protective sprays. You can prune your trees in the winter or very early spring when they are dormant. Prune to shape, as necessary. Enjoy!

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