[nafex] pollination

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Tue Apr 16 18:27:54 EDT 2002


Get some orchard bees.  They do a much better job than honey bees.  If
anything, you may wind up having to thin them.  It only takes a handfull of
the tubes to get you started and then just make sure they have plenty of
nesting places.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com



on 4/16/02 8:53 AM, fruity08559 at fruity08559 at yahoo.com wrote:

> Now that most of the apricots are lost to frost I have turned my
> attentions to the plums that are bloomimg.
> As usual I fret about my Imperial Epineuse as it is my favorite.
> To my surprise the honeys seem to ignore the  5 younger, smaller
> plums next to the big spreading Epineuse.
> Actually all the types of bees and smaller insects seem to
> want   only the big plum.
> Iwrry how it will get the cross poll. it needs sorely. otherwise
> it is areal scarce beare.
> Last year I  took to hand pollinatin  it and got the first
> big crop  ever.  
> So I guess my  question is;  "might it  still  be  cross
> pollinated by the inattentive  bugs?"
> 
> I am getting a small hive of honeys this week  but they will
> not be soon enough for the Euro  plums .  Oh  well- maybe next year.
> At least they should hwelp with some of the shy pears this week.
> 
> Thanks for any advice you  good folks can give.
> Chris Duffy     Stockton, NJ
> ( Where the frosts hit hard
> before an 85 degree week)


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