Apple Pollination Groups: Pick The Right Compatible Plants

Last Updated on November 26, 2021 by Real Men Sow

The perfect time to plant new apple trees is in Autumn. The soil is still warm from the summer, making the soil easier to work with and can have a quicker establishment. This article will cover the influence of apple pollination groups and picking the right plant trees for your apple trees.

Start Apple Pollination Groups with the Right Flowers

Pollinating Insects need to be attracted to flowers in your garden for them to help in pollinating the flowers of your trees. This is the reason why it’s important to plant pollinator-attracting flowers.  

Some Trees are self-fertile, however, some require pollen from other trees. It’s still best that your fruits would cross-pollinate, this is why there is a guide to partner your apple tree with others.

Which Plants Are Not Suitable for Apple Tree Pollination?

It’s important to remember that not all apples blossom at the same time and not all varieties are compatible. The triploid type requires two other fruit trees for good pollination, and the other fruit tree to be grown should not be the triploid type as well. Bramley’s Seedling, Ribston Pippin’ and Jonagold are the apple tree varieties that are triploids and good-tasting, therefore, it wouldn’t hurt to try to grow them.

ApplesFinding The Perfect Apple Varieties

Fruit Tree Varieties are grouped according to when they flower. The earliest to blossom are those in group A, then B, then C, then those who flower near the end of spring are Group D. It’s simple to choose your cross-pollination group, you choose the varieties that are under the same group they are in. This way, they’ll blossom at the same time, and cross-pollinate. Choosing those from the other group may also work through the overlap of blossoming that may occur. 

You may also grow more than one apple variety. There are family trees available, which are more than one apple tree variety grafted together. Through this, it saves space and guarantees pollination. 

Last Pollination Groups: Choosing Apples Based On Their Taste

The way to choose the right apple variety for you is to think about whether you’re planning to grow them to eat right away or to cook them. The sweeter apple varieties are the ones suitable to eat right away. The more acidic ones are good for cooking. Those in the middle of sweet and acidic are good for both. 

Think about your climate too. If your area is prone to snap frosts in late spring, choose the variety that blossoms later. The best way to get the best results is planning. Therefore, don’t hesitate to go through catalogues and nursery websites just to choose which ones you should grow.  


Real Men Sow
Real Men Sow

Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.