Elberta Peaches and Golden Delicious Apples - self polinating? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by n3ntj
March 14, 2010
I was looking at Dwarf Elberta Peach Trees and Golden Delicious apple trees at Home Depot.

One place I saw that Elberta Peach trees are self-polinating and another place I saw two trees are needed for fruit to grow. Same question with Golden Delicious apple trees. Are 2 apple trees needed for fruit to grow or just 1 apple tree? I get contradictory info depending on where I look. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
March 14, 2010


Let's see if we can clear up the confusion. Elberta peaches are considered self-fertile, however, all fruit trees will develop heavier crops if a second, different variety is planted nearby. If you plant only one peach tree you will get fruit but if you plant two different cultivars both trees will bear heavier crops. Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Rome and Newtown Pippin are considered self-fruitful, but even self-pollinating apples will produce a lot more fruit if it has another apple to provide pollen. All commercial orchards always plant pollinators with self-pollinating varieties to maximize their production.

You can start by growing your single Elberta and Golden Delicious trees. If the crops is disappointing you can always plant more trees.

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