Give a hand to mother nature by pollinating your apricot tree. California Bay Area apricot varieties include Goldkist, Early Gold, Newcastle, Blenheim and Autumn Royal. These kinds are self-pollinating, however your tree continuously bears yields or if there is just a small population of pollinating insects in your town pollination may be just what you want. One spring dawn of collecting and depositing algae can increase the yield of your homegrown apricot tree to make sure that your home will be filled with this sweet stone fruit come.
Inspect the blossoms on the tree when it is in full bloom, which in March or February is for the Bay Area. Make sure that anthers, or the tiny hairlike filaments, located in the center of the flower’s hints have split open to expose the grains of pollen.
Collect the pollen out of the tree in the morning hours on a sunny day the humidity level is low and when there is no prospect of rain. Pull the stamens with a set of tweezers carefully in the flower’s center. Place the stamens in a glass jar.
Screw the lid. Shake the jar lightly back and forth to agitate the anthers and loosen the pollen. Continue until the jar’s faces have been coated with a layer of pollen grains.
Remove the lid from the jar. Dip a camelhair paintbrush and wash it along the sides to collect pollen on its bristles. Choose a blossom and identify its stigma located at the centre of the flower. Stigmas generally are taller and have a bulbous bottom. Lightly brush the pollen onto the stigma at the flower’s center.
Brush pollen as many flowers as you can. Use a ladder to reach blossoms located on the tree. When the jar becomes empty, collect more pollen.