Q. I would like to plant some fruit trees this spring, but I do not
have a lot of space. I understand that some fruits need more than
one plant in order to produce fruit. Can you tell me which ones I
can grow that do not require more than one plant?
A. Some fruits
require cross-pollination in order to produce a satisfactory fruit
crop. These include apples, sweet cherries (except Stella and
Lappins), and some varieties of grapes and plums. Others are
self-fruitful, but produce larger crops when provided a pollinator.
These include apricots, blueberries, pears, and red raspberries.
Those that are self-fruitful and get along just fine without a
pollinator include: most blackberries, sour cherries, currants,
gooseberries, nectarines, peaches (except J.H. Hale), quince,
black and purple raspberries, and strawberries. Most fruit
catalogs have pollination requirement charts that tell you which
varieties are best to pollinate each other.