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  1. Why hand pollinate?
  2. When to pollinate
  3. Collecting pollen
  4. Applying pollen and marking flowers
  5. The effects flowering date has on pollination
  6. Pollination with female-stage pollen
  7. Natural pollination via insects
     
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  When to pollinate
 
Pollination is best done in the evening. However, depending on the availability of receptive female-stage flowers and the amount of viable pollen collected pollination may have to be done the next morning. Pollinating in the evening gives more fruit set and produces larger, more uniform fruit than using pollen stored overnight. This suggests pollen viability is more crucial than the declining receptivity of the stigma surface.

The effect pollination time has on fruit

Time of pollination   Fruit set   Average fruit
weight
  Average fruit
weight*
 

Morning   46%   248g   3.8  
Evening   59%   491g   2.2  

* Based on a fruit shape scale of: 1 (= highly symmetrical) to 5 (= asymmetric)

Pollinate every 2–3 days (depending on what your flowers are up to), with preference to flowers easily reached inside the tree, which will help to protect fruit from sunburn and wind damaged as they grow.

In Chile they sometimes force early leaf drop with urea, or paraquat (a quick-acting herbicide that becomes inactive on contact with soil), so they can prune earlier to promote early flowering by up to 1 and a half months. More advance flowering than this caused the loss of flowers from branch ends.
 
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