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.
not rule out fruits that require or prefer cross-pollination
because of limited space. The “five-in-one” apple trees that
have several varieties grafted on one tree and provide the
needed cross-pollination. Also, related ornamental trees such as
crabapples and Bradford pears can provide the needed
pollination. If a nearby neighbor has these ornamental trees
planted, they may do the trick. Be sure to choose dwarf trees,
and grow them on a trellis. This supports the often-weak
dwarfing rootstocks and enables you to grow more fruit in a