What Are Pollinizers And How Do They Affect Crops?

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The term pollinizer is easy to confuse with pollinator, and many people misuse the terms. A pollinizer is a plant, while a pollinator is an animal, usually an insect. Both are important in producing fruit on trees, vegetable plants, and more. What Are Pollinizers? The definition of a pollinizer is simple: it is a plant that provides pollen. Some plants provide their own pollen to fertilize flowers and set fruit. Others need a second plant, a pollinizer, to provide the pollen for reproduction. A pollinizer can be a different variety of the same species. It can also be the male version of a dioecious species (male and female reproductive organs in separate flowers on separate plants). For instance, holly plants are either male or female. The female plants will only produce the characteristic red berries if a male plant is nearby to provide pollen and act as a pollinizer. Difference […]

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