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Process of pollen transfer in plants, enabling fertilization and sexual reproduction.

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Do bees from different continents have different “taste”?

I live in Europe, and planted several non-native perennials, most notably: echinaceas hellenuims rudbeckias For all species, I chose several cultivars, for the sake of experimenting. Although all ...
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Generating and harvesting radish seeds

Are radishes one or two genders? I have 3 plants in a pot and would like to harvest 2 and leave one to create seeds. Is that possible or does it need to be pollinated by another plant?
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How far apart can pollination partners be (fruit trees)?

I am running out of space for fruit trees - apples, pears, plums - in one location but have some more space a few tens of metres away, with a large hedge separating the two areas. To what extent does ...
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I keep getting differing answers to this cucumber question

I was always told to remove the male flowers from a cucumber plant or the fruits will be bitter, I then read "female flowers need to be pollinated with the male flowers or the fruits will not set&...
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How to hand pollinate Narajilla (Lulo)?

I have been poking a little at the flowers but they are not what I am used to. I've hand pollinated many other plants with success but this flower structure is more closed off and I can't seem to ...
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Tigger Melon growing a single female flower - any hope I can make it fruit?

I have a 12-14' (mostly vertical) Tigger Melon vine growing that appears quite healthy. It has grown several male flowers in the past but currently it has it's first female flower and no visible male ...
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Marketmore cucumber only has female flowers

A month ago I've purchased 2 marketmore seedling from the garden center, but so far there has been no male flower. Every flower is a female flower. I googled online and did not find that there was a ...
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Pollinating dragon fruit in broad daylight

Most tutorials on pollinating dragon fruit say that the flower will open past midnight. They suggest to go out with a flashlight and use a paintbrush to pollinate it. If I don’t want to screw up my ...
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What cherry variety to chose to cross-pollinate

I recently bought (by mistake) a variety of cherry tree (Ohio beauty) that is not self-pollinating. I live in the city, in the 15th floor, and I have a large balcony on which I want to grow a few ...
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Is there a name for the tall reproductive grass stems?

I noticed that not all grass stems seems to be used for reproduction. When growing freely, it seems there are two heights of grass: there's the main ground-cover (stolon or tillers, maybe?), and ...
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Can tepary beans cross-pollinate with common beans?

I've bought seeds for an open-pollinated heirloom variety of tepary beans (phaseolus acutifolius). The seeds I collect from the mature plants should yield the exact same variety. However, is there ...
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Lemon Cucumbers Pollinating Pickling Cucumbers

This year I tried to grow two cucumbers. Lemon and Pickling cucumbers. However I am only seeing Lemon Cucumbers show up on all of the vines. Would cross pollination cause the other vines to grow Lemon ...
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Pollination from sterile plants

If pollen is taken from a "sterile" tree or plant and introduced to a fertile plant does it effect that plant in the future ie...Bradford pear, non-fruit bearing, to a fruit bearing tree Thanks Tim
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Neem oil and pollination

I'm planing to use neem oil as insect repellent on my plants (mostly vegetables) but there is one thing that is puzzling me: If neem oil is efficient insect repellent does it have negative effect on ...
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Could date palm pollen sold as a food supplement pollinate a female plant?

I’m trying to obtain date palm pollen to pollinate a female date palm. However I have no access to a male date palm. I’ve seen bags of date palm pollen being sold online as a health supplement; would ...
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Chilli plant not bearing fruits

My Chilli ( type, unknown) plant has 30+ flowers but no fruits. It has couple more symptoms which might be related. Would appreciate any help solving this. It is outdoor. I do see insects hopping ...
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Venus flytrap pollination

I've just found out that my Venus flytraps (dionaea muscipula) is going growing several flowers this year. I was wondering if it's worth trying to cross-pollinate them. In that case: how? when? It ...
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Corn already has tassel but not female flowers

I have 5 corn plants growing on my garden, one of them (the tallest) already has a tassel, and today I moved it a bit and saw pollen falling from it. But the plant has no female flowers to pollinate. ...
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What is this tree and do I need a pollinating partner?

I recently moved and I found this tree/shrub in my backyard. It is about 1.2m tall It produced a single fruit which looked a lot like a cherry, although it had plenty of flowers. My main question ...
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Is it possible to preserve male squash flowers for pollination?

I have only one plant of each, Zucchini and Butternut squash. Sometimes female flowers bloom when no male flower is open. Can I somehow preserve the male flowers to pollinate by hand later ?
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Do I need to pollinate cucumbers?

I planted a few cucumber plants back in May, and a few weeks ago, they have started to flower and produce fruit, though they have not grown much, perhaps due to the lack of pollination. After doing ...
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Drones taking the place of bees [closed]

I just ran into an article that they are using drones to pollinate orchards. Has anyone heard of this or better, witnessed this? Does anyone have any knowledge of this at all? Drones used for ...
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Fruit Trees and Pollination

I have a total of 7 fruit trees in my back yard. 3 are multi grafted varieties (Pear, Plum, Apple) which l was told that they will self pollinate each other to produce fruit. I have added three ...
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Prunus cuttings used for pollination: How to prolong their life?

I'm using some wild Prunus americana cuttings to help pollinate my American x Japanese hybrid plum trees (hybrid plum trees are notoriously difficult to pollinate). The cuttings have lasted for ...
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How to make sure a sunflower produces seed?

I started a single sunflower, a giant cultivar called 'Titan', it's been doing well so far. I want to have valid (or, is the better word 'viable'?) seeds from it at the end of season. They don't have ...
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Clementine seed results

I've got 7 plants from clementine seeds and want to know what possible results I can expect in terms of fruiting if any, depending on which different citrus trees could have pollinated the parent. The ...
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Juniperus virginiana and producing berries

As you may have noticed from other questions of mine, I am in a process of transforming my yard into a bird garden. (This is a long-term multi-year enterprise). One of the most attractive plants for ...
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Can a topworked female pistachio tree be pollinated by grafting a male bud or scion?

If one has female pistachio trees coming into bearing age, can they be pollinated by grafting a male bud or scion onto a topworked female? If so, assuming it's done early in grafting season and with ...
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Tomatoes and pepper plants dropping flowers

I am new to gardening and I have planted tomato and pepper plants. They make flowers but they drop them and they are not making any vegetable. Any idea what could be reason? I am in the city so I ...
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Re-planting roses / create new hybrid

I am completely new at any kind of gardening and I just wanted to know if it was possible to cross a red rose bush and a white rose bush and have pink roses bloom. I'm not even sure if hybrid or ...
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Scorpion Pepper growth

Backstory Hey everyone, first post in this stack, so sorry if I didn't see an answer to these questions (I did check though). So I have a Scorpion Butch T plant that I bought about 2 months ago (63 ...
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Why have only the female flowers bloomed in my pumpkin patch

I planted two Giant Atlantic pumpkin plants in my garden around 9 weeks or so ago. The male flowers where the first to show, many of them but haven't bloomed and are quite firm to the touch still. ...
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Plants that attract butterflies and dragonflies

I am in Zone 9b and want to attract butterflies and dragonflies in my backyard. What can I do and what plants do I need to grow to encourage them to stay around?
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What is the result of “unpredictable” cross-pollination of beets?

I inherited a community plot this summer along with a sprinkling of second-season plants which were overlooked at harvest in the fall. I have one beet which is currently bolting (do you say bolting ...
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Is Zanthoxylum simulans (Sichuan pepper) self-pollinating?

One can find a lot of contradicting information about this topic on the web. It would be nice to have a definite answer to this question. Does anyone have a solitary plant (with guaranteed no other ...
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Can humans pollinate Catharanthus by hand?

Can we pollinate Catharanthus without bees or insects? If yes, then how to do it? Due to the floral structure of the Rosy Periwinkle, they require insects such as butterflies and moths that have long ...
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Do sterile plants still produce pollen or nectar?

While reading on certain plants, I often read that some of their hybrid varieties are sterile. While it seems clear that the plant will not produce offspring I'm not sure if it still produces pollen ...
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Red streaks in Louisiana sweet oranges

We have orange trees that have always produced "orange flesh" oranges. This year a few of the oranges have red streaks in them. Is is possible that this year the flowers were crossed with a blood ...
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Ideal plants for rental property?

We have a rental property in zone 9. I planted bungleweed, salvia guarantica (blue black), firebush, lantana, ligustrum japonica, Pink muhly grass, dwarf lemon tree, camellia and others 2 years ago. ...
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Side effects of introducing cultivated variants of a plant into an area where the wild version grows?

Plant breeders, farmers and gardening enthusiasts have for centuries been selectively breeding plants to develop plants with certain desired traits, be it larger roots or fruit, showy flowers or.... ...
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Can I save a male pumpkin flower for later pollination?

I have a pumpkin that's been putting out male flowers for about 3 weeks with no females yet. I'm worried I might not have any male flowers open when the females do bloom. Can I save some male flowers ...
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What is the radius of wind pollination for sea buckthorn?

I've heard that wind pollination is how the sea buckthorn is pollinated, but I plan to put the trees crosswind. would this work for proper pollination of all plants?
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Brassicas seed saving

I plan on growing a few different brassicas such as cabbages and bok choy, and I'd like to collect seeds from these open pollinated varieties so that I don't have to keep buying seeds. How do I ...
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Rotating indoor plants outdoors for pollination, fresh air, etc. How often?

Following up this question, I have a rock filled border surrounding the outside of the screened-in porch. I'm planning to have container plants both inside the screened-in area, and outside on that ...
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What is the difference between male and female asparagus plants, and is it important for growing?

Yesterday I found a box of two asparagus plants among some bags of bulbs at a local store. I couldn't open it, so I don't know what they look like, but the box was about 6 inches tall and 3 inches ...
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Can I preserve plant pollen?

I have an amaryllis plant that is getting ready to bloom, and I know that I won't have enough time to cross pollinate it with a snowdrop so I want to know if it's possible in general to preserve ...
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What are some good pet-safe pollinator-attracting vines?

I have some areas I want to cover in vines, and I want them to attract pollinators, but also be pet-safe (especially cats, as mine are quite curious). I could not find much documentation on this (it ...
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Do tomatoes require pollinators to bear fruit?

I ask because I have a small raised bed wrapped in hardware cloth to keep the wildlife out, and then it's covered in shade cloth to keep the hot southwestern sun out. The plants (one "container tomato"...
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Pollinating C.pubescens (rocoto) peppers

Inspired by this question, I have grown some rocoto (C.pubescens) from seed. Despite using grow lamps and salt petre, germination rates weren't high, but after only 3-4 months I have some strong ...
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Why do my passion fruit flowers lack pollen?

I have a passion fruit plant that is about 4 years old, and all the fruit it ever given were two little cracked marbles that fell off the plant quickly. I water it regularly, I attempted to water it ...