Vegetable garden – where are the pollinators?

I’ve got a variety of edibles, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and beans, all but some of the tomatoes in containers. They get enough sun, have good leaf growth so far. I am not seeing a lot of fruit, e.g. brandywine tomatoes…

Amelanchier canadensis

Sheridan is selling this serviceberry and the tag states “plant two to ensure pollination”. However on the Plants for a Future website, it states that the plant is self-fertile and flowers are hermaphrodite. If only one is planted, will…

Holly shrub – male vs female

Hello, I recently purchased a female Holly shrub (Red Beauty). It states for best results in bearing berries, it needs to be planted near a male plant. I have in my garden a “blue” holly plant that stated it was…

Italian plum tree not bearing fruit

I planted an Italian plum tree 5 years ago.  It is now around 12 ft tall and flowers every year but bears no fruit. I think I need another plum tree to pollinate it, but do not know the variety.…

Bartlett Pear Tree Pollination

My neighbour has cut down his pear tree as it was blocking a stop sign and I’ve just planted a new Bartlett Pear tree two years ago hoping for the cross pollination from his tree. Am I out of luck…

Pollinator Garden: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Embedded in the ground as they are, most flowering plants need help to reproduce. Over 80 percent of flowering plants need pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies and other animals to develop seed or fruit. Having available pollinators is as…

Tomatoes on a 3rd floor balcony?

I have started some tomato plants, far more than I need, and I’d like to give a few of the cherry tomato seedlings to a friend of mine in May/June.  She will be moving to a new apartment around that…

Non-fruiting Apple Tree

I have an apple tree.  For 10 years it has never flowered, never given fruit.  I need the phone number of someone who can graft in branches.  I have access to another tree 2km away.  I need someone to help…