[NAFEX] Pollination of high bush cranberry and autumn olive

John S swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 5 10:55:38 EDT 2009

Ray,  I think you are on the right track with planting a second ao near the first, but will let others more experienced address the issue directly.  I have 4 or 5 wild ones in the area, and have noticed a lot of variability in the fruiting of the wild ones from year to year. I suspect temperature during bloom time is a factor for them, as we typically are still susceptible to frosts at that time.

--- On Fri, 9/4/09, Jay Cutts <orders at cuttsreviews.com> wrote:

From: Jay Cutts <orders at cuttsreviews.com>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Pollination of high bush cranberry and autumn olive
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Friday, September 4, 2009, 4:29 PM

Does anyone have any experience with pollination issues for these plants?

I've got an autumn olive that is about 10 years old and has only had two 
or three fruits ever!  What I've read has indicated that it's 
self-fertile.  Could there be other factors why it's not fruiting?  It 
does flower well.  I've planted another variety nearby to see if that 
makes a difference.

As for the Viburnum trilobum,  it isn't native here so there aren't 
others around to pollinate it.  Again, I've had the impression it is 
self-fertile but it has flowered well two years in a row (it's probably 
about 5 years old) and has set only two or three fruits.  Any experience 
with this?  Guess I'll need to plant another but I'm concerned if there 
are other issues affecting the fruit set, since it may take another 4 or 
5 years to get a new one big enough to do the job.



Jay Cutts
Cutts Graduate Reviews
800-353-4898 day or eve, 7 days
(In NM, 505-281-0684)

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