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Apple Pollination/Ripening

For pollination you need to have two different apple varieties! Apples, with the exception of the Queen Cox self fertile, don’t pollinate themselves. Apples also don’t pollinate other fruits!

All the apples listed in BOLD letters with asterisks(*) are triploids. These will not pollinate other varieties or themselves. However they are pollinated by other apple varieties. So Gravenstein, which is a triploid, won’t pollinate any other variety. However it can be pollinated by another variety that blooms near the same time.

How to read the lists: We have listed the apple varieties we offer from the earliest bloomer which is WSU AxP, to the latest bloomer which is King Edward.

The EARLY SEASON bloomers and the LATE SEASON bloomers won’t cross pollinate because their bloom time is too far apart and the early varieties will be done blooming before the late ones start.

It is best to pick a pollinator in the same half of the total list. The closer the two varieties are in bloom time, the more their bloom will overlap and the more likely you will get pollination and therefore fruit set.

What is important is to choose a pollinator that is not too far in bloom time from your variety. For instance Liberty and Dayton are close enough to count on for pollination whereas Liberty and Fiesta are far enough away to often work, but not always. Zestar and King Edward would rarely if ever overlap in bloom. While the bloom order stays generally similar in different parts of the nation and in different years, the actual bloom dates change year to year depending on the weather.

Early Season
WSU AxP, Gravenstein*, Zestar, Brown Russett, Egremont Russett, Alkemene, William’s Pride

Early-Mid Season
Louisa, Pink Cloud, Chehalis, Mott Pink, Pristine, Pink Pearl, Scarlet Sentinel, Dolgo, Liberty, Silken, Centennial, Sansa, Akane

Mid Season
Enterprise, Jonagold*, Almata, Golden Sentinel, Belmac, North Pole, Rebella, Arkcharm, Sweet Sixteen, Resi, Snowsweet, Red Boskoop*, Shizuka*, Greensleeves, Fameuse, Beni Shogun, Corail, Dayton, Ashmead’s, Hudson’s, Releika, Michelin, Freyburg, , Rubinette, Karmijn*

Mid-Late Season
Hatsuaki, Pink Lady, Foxwhelp, Red Flesh, Red Cort, Michelin, Shay, Honeycrisp, Foxwhelp, Tsugaru, Melrose, Roxbury Russet, Queen Cox*, Goldstar, Kingston Black, Wolf River, Fiesta, Ellison’s, Dabinette, King Edward VII, Arkansas Black

Late Season
King*, Bramley*, Northern Spy

Apple Ripening Order

August
Dolgo Crab
Centennial
William’s Pride
Zestar
Pristine
Sansa
Arkcharm
Early September
Almata
Akane
Silken
Ellison’s Orange
Gravenstein
Mott Pink
Queen Cox

Mid-Late September
Chehalis
Dayton
Fiesta
North Pole
Wolf River
Beni Shogun
Pink Pearl
Rebella
Greensleeves
Resi
Tsugaru
Scarlet Sentinel
Shay
Pink Lady
Fort Vancouver
Johnny Appleseed
Fameuse

Early October
Belmac
Bramley
G. Sentinel
Honeycrisp
King Edward
Liberty
King
Releika
Corail
Spartan
Brown Snout
Rubinette
Spartan

Mid October
Jonagold
Karmijn
Snowsweet
Ashmead’s
Kingston
Gold Star
Foxwhelp
Shizuka
Roxbury
Flower of Kent

Late October
Dabinette
Evereste
Melrose
Enterprise
Boskoop
Hudson’s
Brown Russet
Golden Russet
Northern Spy

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