Crucial Cross-Pollination

Cross-pollination is when pollen from one plant is transferred to another with the help of insects (like bees and butterflies). Certain plants depend on this process to produce their edibles. Try growing the following trees together.

  • Almond trees grow well in the Western Cape with a more Mediterranean climate. With the help of bees, two almond trees are required to pollinate one another. Grow then in full sun with plenty of organic matter added to the soil. Planting clovers and other legumes around trees will contribute to soil fertility and attract pollinators.
  • Apple trees need a cross-variety pollination partner. You can ask for help from your garden centre assistant for advice on which varieties to grow together for the best results. Most apple trees will blossom in spring with fruit ripening in late summer to early autumn. Plant them in full sun with rich soil and feed with a fruit tree fertiliser.
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  • Papaya trees grow so easily from seeds in the compost heap. They will produce fruit when there is a male and female tree planted within a 3-metre proximity. The male (or even a hermaphrodite) can cross-pollinate the female. For best results, grow at least three trees together in full sun with nutrient-rich soil and good protection from frost. 
  • Avocado trees are definitely worth a little patience. Each tree is either type A or type B and needs to be pollinated from trees of the opposite type. Type A varieties are Hass, Pinkerton and Gwen. Type B varieties include Fuerte, Bacon and Zutano. Plant your trees six to nine metres apart with plenty of sunshine and well-draining, rich soil. 
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Cross-pollination increases yield and fruit quality.

Top tip: To attract more pollinators, plant lavender varieties, marigolds, and an assortment of seasonal herbs around your fruit tree beds. Allow your herbs to come to flower for max honeybee power! 

A pesty reminder: Chemical pesticides on fruit trees will cause a negative chain reaction to your garden’s ecosystem. Ask your garden centre guide for non-toxic pesticide solutions that will be as good for your fruit as it will be for the bees doing the pollination. 

Try this: Egyptian starcluster (Pentas lanceolata) is a stunning butterfly-attracting shrub that produces red, pink, mauve and white flower clusters in spring and summer. 

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Spring super flowers

  • Shade-loving, butterfly attracting, showy and cut-flower perfect – the white spider lily (Hymenocallis speciosa) boasts umbels of white, sweetly scented blooms that rest dramatically upon tall bare stems. These odd yet elegant gems are ideal for beds under trees with dappled shade or indoors with bright natural light. Water them well during flowering in fast-draining soil. 
  • Lavandula varieties reward the garden with unusual purple flower spikes in a waving mauve of pretty petals. They are excellent in mixed containers and hot, sunny borders. Lavandulas are drought tolerant once established and their flowers are friends to the butterflies too.
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  • Argyranthemum ‘Angelic’ and ‘Madeira’ are two daisy bush varieties that produce an abundance of flowers, neatly above their foliage, from early spring right through summer. Plant them in full sun and give them regular light pruning to promote compact growth. They are wind and salt tolerant too.
  • There is a wide range of gorgeous Gazanias to indulge in this spring. Plant these stunners together with other indigenous spring flowers like diascias, nemesias, lobelias, bacopas and osteospermums to create your very own patch of Namaqualand. 
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Hanging basket bulker: Plant begonia ‘Dragon Wings’ in shades of light pink and reds for added hanging basket cuteness in full to semi-sun areas.  

Maintenance check

  • Combat fungal disease and encourage strong root systems by watering deeply, early in the morning.
  • Clean up succulents like echeverias and Kalanchoe thyrsiflora and divide to replant in other parts of the garden.
  • After flowering, your fynbos can be pruned back now. 
  • Watch for powdery mildew on the pumpkin family and put out bait for pumpkin fly.
  • Beware of the lily borer (a black caterpillar with yellow bands), which bores into the hearts of clivias, agapanthus and arum lilies. Signs of activity are decaying leaves and dying plants. Treat early or preventively with a registered insecticide from your garden centre. 
  • If your lawn isn’t lush by now, fertilise, water, and mow it regularly.
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Maintenance check

  • Combat fungal disease and encourage strong root systems by watering deeply, early in the morning.
  • Clean up succulents like echeverias and Kalanchoe thyrsiflora and divide to replant in other parts of the garden.
  • After flowering, your fynbos can be pruned back now. 
  • Watch for powdery mildew on the pumpkin family and put out bait for pumpkin fly.
  • Beware of the lily borer (a black caterpillar with yellow bands), which bores into the hearts of clivias, agapanthus and arum lilies. Signs of activity are decaying leaves and dying plants. Treat early or preventively with a registered insecticide from your garden centre. 
  • If your lawn isn’t lush by now, fertilise, water, and mow it regularly.
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