Pollinating with Apple Trees

Asked February 22, 2013, 12:12 PM EST

I read this on the Internet: "The use of Granny Smith as the pollinator for a Red Delicious block will allow for easier picker discrimination between the red and green coloured fruit, and this would avoid the two varieties being mistakenly picked and mixed in the bin. This problem could occur with Red Delicious being pollinated by Bonza. However, with a typical pollination ratio of 1:9, 10 per cent of the fruit will be of the pollinator variety, which means finding suitable market outlets for small lines of this fruit." What does it mean that "10 per cent of the fruit will be of the pollinator variety"?

Hickman County Tennessee

1 Response

In the example with Granny Smith, it would be the pollinator tree (i.e., it would provide the pollen) for Red Delicious flowers.