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Pollinator question - just curious

B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,833
Plants with multiple florets like marjoram or VB: Is each floret just good for one visit by a pollinator or is there enough for multiple visits?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,870
    I don’t really know, but I would think with heads of tiny flowers it’s a one time visit for each flower, that’s why they have hundreds of flowers to a head,  we need to grow more plants like that. So masses of flowers for bees.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 16,398
    edited July 2021

    I would guess that once a floret has had its pollen taken, the sexual job is done and there is no need to produce more. Wise @LG_ ?

    Flowers that depend on insects or birds for pollination produce nectar. Wind pollinated flowers do not produce nectar.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,870
    Yes in bigger flowers, dahlias are good as well but I would think the multi headed ones may be designed for single use.
    I pollinate my pepper flowers,  they seem to die once I’ve done it. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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