[NAFEX] Apple Pollen - Crab?

Bernie Nikolai bnikolai at shaw.ca
Wed Mar 3 23:42:33 EST 2004

Tom, I think a grafted branch would be just fine.  You don't need a full
crabapple tree.  Crab pollen is perhaps the most potent of all apple pollen,
and the bees really hum around the crab in my orchard much more heavily than
around the regular apples.  In terms of flowering dates, in my climate, they
all basically bloom at the same time!  This is common in zone 3.  My
earliest apples still overlap the bloom period of my latest apples, but I
understand in milder climates this is not the case.
Bernie Nikolai
Edmonton, Alberta (still tons of snow and lots of cold, but the first hints
of earliest spring are in the air)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Olenio" <tolenio at sentex.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2004 7:01 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Apple Pollen - Crab?

> Hello All,
> If using a crab apple for pollen purposes, is it better to have a full
tree, or is a grafted branch sufficient?
> Only a couple of trees involved that flower at different times, and a
nearby tree being removed.
> Also, does anyone have a web link to an authorative page that documents
flower timing on the various crab
> varieties?
> Thanks,
> Tom
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