Pollen

Pollen is an all natural, living product, produced by thinning flowers from specific varieties of trees and extracting the pollen from their flowers. Supplemental pollen is used to improve production and fruit quality during poor pollinating situations. If top quality production is your goal, page through our product line below and see when supplemental pollen may benefit you. For application methods and timing, click here.

Apple

Firman Apple Pollen improves yields by improving cross-pollination. More seeds improves quality, more apples increases returns.

 

Firman Pollen corrects four common apple pollination problems.

 

Setting the King Bloom

Setting the best flower is a big step towards growing the best apple. Applying Firman Pollen to your field when the king blossoms are out increases their set. An apple set on a king bloom will be up to three sizes larger than an apple from a side bloom on the same spur. Larger apples have better return.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of apples at harvest. Applying Firman Apple Pollen to your field adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not supplied. Setting more apples increases your returns.

 

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is like having not enough pollen at the right time. After an apple flower opens it is receptive from 12 to 48 hours, depending on the weather (the longer time is during cooler weather). Losing the receptivity of the king blossom while waiting for the pollinizer to bloom decreases your returns. Adding Firman Apple Pollen when the trees are ready increases set.

 

Poor Weather

Poor spring weather lessens bee flight, thus decreasing pollination and shrinking crop size. Using apple pollen during the breaks when the bees are able to fly increases the bees' efficiency, thus increasing pollination and increasing crop size. Weather-related problems are most difficult to deal with, but, if it is properly used, adding Firman Apple Pollen can make a phenomenal difference.

Almond

Firman Almond Pollen increases set by improving cross-pollination.

 

Firman Pollen corrects three common almond pollination problems.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of almonds at harvest. Applying Firman Almond Pollen to your field adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not, thus setting more almonds and increasing your returns.

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is like having not enough pollen at the right time. Almond flowers are receptive for only a short period of time, 12 to 48 hours, depending on the weather. The longer time is during cool weather.

Losing the receptivity of your early vigorous bloom while waiting for the pollinizers to "catch-up" decreases your yields. Adding Firman Almond Pollen to your field when your flowers are ready increases set.

 

Poor Springtime Weather

During the early spring when the almonds are blooming, the weather is the most variable, poor weather mixed with good weather can make pollination difficult. Because so many flowers must be set in order to produce a full crop, the pollination that takes place during the short periods of good weather is critical. Using Firman Almond Pollen during these periods increases the pollination that takes place, improving set and increasing the crop.

Pear

Firman Pear Pollen improves yields by improving cross-pollination. More seeds improves quality, more pears increases returns.

 

Firman Pollen corrects four common pear pollination problems.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of pears at harvest. Applying Firman Pear Pollen to your field adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not supplied. Setting more pears increases your returns.

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is like having not enough pollen at the right time. Adding Firman Pear Pollen to the early vigorous bloom allows you to set those blossoms without waiting for the pollinizer to "catch-up." Adding Firman Pear Pollen when the trees are ready increases set.

Bees and Pears

Bees prefer other forage to pears; however, they will work pears while seeking other sources. Because of this, care must be taken when placing the bees into your field. Wait until some of the pear flowers are open before bringing the bees into the field (extension services recommend 20 percent bloom). Pollen applied through beehive inserts should begin as soon as possible after the bees have been placed into the field (20 to 40 percent bloom). Dusting applications are not limited by the behavior characteristics of bees and are therefore more common in pear pollination.

 

Fighting the Weather

Pollen applications are only effective when natural pollination is possible (55 F and above and not raining). Weather-related problems are most difficult to deal with, but during cool, wet springs, applying pollen during the short periods when natural pollination is possible can make a phenomenal difference.

Plum

Firman Plum Pollen increases set by improving cross-pollination.

 

Firman Pollen corrects four common Plum pollination problems.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of plums at harvest. Applying Firman Plum Pollen to your field adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not, thus setting more plums and increasing your returns.

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is like having not enough pollen at the right time. Plum flowers are receptive for only a short period of time, 12 to 48 hours, depending on the weather (the longer time is during cool weather). Losing the receptivity of your early vigorous bloom while waiting for the pollinizers to "catch-up" decreases your yields. Adding Firman Plum Pollen to your field when your flowers are ready increases set.

 

Bees and Plums

Bees do not like certain varieties of plums and do not work them very well. This can create serious pollination problems. Care must be taken when bringing the bees into these fields. Wait until some flowers are in bloom (10 to 20 percent would not be too late). Bees may prefer other forage, but they will work the plums while seeking other sources. If using beehive insert applicators, begin pollen applications as soon as the bees have been brought into the field (15 to 30 percent bloom). Dusting applications are not limited by the behavioral characteristics of the bees and are therefore very popular for plum pollination.

 

Poor Weather

Pollen applications are only effective when natural pollination is possible (55 F and above and not raining). Weather-related problems are difficult to deal with, but during cool, wet springs applying pollen during the short periods when natural pollination is possible can make a phenomenal difference.

Cherry

Firman Cherry Pollen increases set by improving cross-pollination.

 

Firman Pollen corrects three common cherry pollination problems.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of cherries at harvest. Applying Firman Cherry Pollen to your fields adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not, thus setting more cherries and increasing your returns.

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is the same as having no pollen at the right time. Cherry flowers are receptive for only a short period of time, 12 to 48 hours, depending on the weather.

 

 

Losing the receptivity of your early vigorous bloom while waiting for the pollinizers to "catch-up" decreases your yields. Adding Firman Cherry Pollen to your field when your flowers are ready increases set.

 

Poor Springtime Weather

During the early spring when the cherries are blooming, the weather is the most variable, poor weather mixed with good weather can make pollination difficult. Because so many flowers must be set in order to produce a full crop, the pollination that takes place during the good weather periods is critical. Using Firman Cherry Pollen during these favorable periods increases the pollination that takes place, improving set and increasing the crop.

Prune

Firman Prune Pollen increases set by improving cross-pollination.

 

Firman Pollen corrects four common prune pollination problems.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of prunes at harvest. Applying Firman Plum Pollen to your field adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not, thus setting more prunes and increasing your returns.

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is like having not enough pollen at the right time. Prune flowers are receptive for only a short period of time, 12 to 48 hours, depending on the weather). Losing the receptivity of your early vigorous bloom while waiting for the pollinizers to "catch-up" decreases your yields. Adding Firman Prune Pollen to your field when your flowers are ready increases set.

Bees and Prunes

Bees do not like certain varieties of prunes and do not work them very well. The can create serious pollination problems. Care must be taken when bringing the bees into these fields. Wait until some flowers are in bloom (10 to 20 percent would not be too late). Bees may perfer other forage, but they will work the prunes while seeking other sources. If using beehive insert applicators, begin pollen application as soon as the bees have been brought into the field (15 to 30 percent bloom). Dusting applications are not limited by the behavioral characteristics of the bees and are therefore very popular for prune pollination.

 

Poor Weather

Pollen applications are only effective when natural pollination is possible (55 F and above and not raining). Weather-related problems are difficult to deal with, but during cool, wet springs applying pollen during the short periods when natural pollination is possible can make a phenomenal difference.

Apricot

Firman Apricot Pollen increases set by improving cross-pollination.

 

Firman Pollen corrects three common apricot pollination problems.

 

Light Pollinizer Bloom

A shortage of pollen in the field will produce a shortage of Apricot at harvest. Applying Firman Apricot Pollen to your field adds the pollen that your pollinizers have not, thus setting more apricots and increasing your returns.

 

Poor Bloom Overlap

Lots of pollen at the wrong time is the same as having no pollen at the right time. Apricot flowers are receptive for only a short period of time, 12 to 48 hours, depending on the weather. The longer time is during cool weather.

Losing the receptivity of your early vigorous bloom while waiting for the pollinizers to "catch-up" decreases your yields. Adding Firman Apricot Pollen to your field when flowers are ready increases set.

 

Poor Springtime Weather

During the early spring when the apricot are blooming, the weather is the most variable, poor weather mixed with good weather can make pollination difficult. Because so many flowers must be set in order to produce a full crop, the pollination that takes place during the good weather periods is critical. Using Firman Apricot Pollen during these favorable periods increases the pollination that takes place, improving set and increasing the crop.