It's that time of the season when many of our fruit and vegetable plants are beginning to put on growth as well as blooms. These blooms for the majority of our plants will need to be visited or "pollinated" to insure that the bloom does what it is supposed to do! (Transform into edible goodness!)
Pollination, for those that are unfamiliar with plant production, is simply plant sex that has to take place for fruit production in many of our summer crops. This can be done through different techniques (insect, wind, hand) but the easiest way to pollinate a plant is by letting nature and insects do the work for you!
Did you know that there are plants that must have insects around to pollinate? There are also plants that don't need insects to pollinate!
Plants that need pollination: (insects, wind, hand)
Plants that DO NOT need pollination:
Now that we know a little more about what our plants require in order to be productive for us, I thought I would share some more about which pollinators we want in our gardens and how to invite these helpers in and get them to stay.
Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds are all great additions to your garden due to their natural needs and desires to visit nectar and pollen rich flowers.
So, now that we know the WHY and the WHO lets focus some more on the HOW and discuss what these pollinators need to stick around.
If you would like more information about plant pollination and recommendations for specific plant varieties, feel free to contact us!
Want a pollinator garden installed for you? We can help with that also!