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Try Our New "Pollenizer" to Find Partners for Your Trees
Posted on January 12, 2021
Hi, everyone, check out this new feature on the Cummins web site! "The Pollenizer" is our new search tool, designed to help you find pollination partners for a given tree in your orchard. Sometimes it makes sense to buy 2 or 3 trees instead of one, based on pollination properties.
In the Search for Trees tab, you can select a tree in the dropdown menu, and the application will find trees for pairing with your selection. How does it work? The algorithm looks for compatibility based on fruit type (apples to apples), bloom time, genetic factors, and rootstock size. See more about the search logic below.
In the Search for Scions tab, same idea – but rootstocks are not considered.
How It Works
For apple, pear, peach and quince, the search considers the category (apples to apples, peaches to peaches, etc.), bloom group (when the variety is in flower), and rootstock size class (to suggest trees of similar height for your orchard, i.e., not suggesting dwarf trees when you have selected a standard size tree).
For apples, we also consider ploidy, a genetic factor specific to apples.
For pears, we also consider subcategories, i.e. Asian pears vs. European pears.
For tart cherries, we only suggest other tart cherries.
Sweet cherries, European plums, Japanese plums, and apricots will not show specific results given various complexities.
Search terms and results are based on what we sell at Cummins Nursery. The Pollenizer is searching trees or scions that are currently listed in our online inventory and custom tree catalog, which change year-to-year. The scion inventory is posted for a only few winter months each year.
Read more about fruit tree pollination for an introduction to this not-so-simple subject!
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