Almond trees

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Question: almond trees

hi I bought 2 almond trees a hard shell and the other tender I wanted to know which variety to take since I want to take 2 more for the discourse of pollination thanks

Answer: almond trees

Dear Mirko,
on the market in Italy, and in practical use in almond plantations, there are at least a dozen varieties, if not more, which obviously have very interesting characteristics; among these there are also new self-pollinating varieties, which do not require nearby pollinating plants; also in the latter case, obviously, even if the plants are self-pollinating, the proximity to plants of the same genus certainly increases productivity, favoring fruit setting. What plant should you choose to pollinate what we already have? Being almond trees, even if you have self-pollinating plants, it makes sense to plant other plants, as well as to improve pollination, also to increase productivity, and also for the pleasant view of the almond trees in bloom. The main difference that occurs between all the varieties of almond trees, is more in the flowering period, which can vary by a few days, or even a couple of weeks; for this reason, when choosing an almond tree to be planted near other almond trees, it is advisable to choose a variety that will flower in the same period of time, so that cross-pollination can take place. So first of all make sure of the name of the variety you bought, which should be indicated on the label, or on the clamps on the plants, or you can ask the nursery where you bought the trees; once this is done you can buy plants of the same variety, or varieties that bloom in the same weeks of the year. The simple characteristic of the hard or soft shell is not sufficient to indicate the variety of an almond tree; growers usually, and the market, prefer hard-shelled almonds, because they usually have a better taste, and undeniably conservation is easier. How to know if two varieties are suitable for pollinating each other? The varieties are not few, but you can find various documents, even online, where the different flowering periods are indicated, and the ease of cross-pollination between different species; to give you an example, one of the best almonds in the world, namely Pizzuta d'avola, carries out cross-pollination with the fascionello variety, very common in nurseries. Therefore, it is fundamental that you have the possibility to understand what kind of varieties are the plants that you have already planted; if it is not possible for you to do so, you can choose the two new plants in the same nursery, purchasing one more by type; or you can buy an early flowering almond tree and a late flowering almond tree; or again, I hope you have taken note of when the saplings you have blossomed have bloomed, so that you can buy two almond trees that bloom in that same period.