An adequately fertilized flower will produce seeds and the fruit surrounding seeds, ensuring that a new generation of plants can be grown.
Pollination is mutually beneficial to plants and to pollinators. So that means EVERYONE is happy and healthy! Yay! Diving in a little deeper, pollination results in the production of seeds and is necessary for many plants to reproduce. Therefore plants need pollination. Meanwhile, pollinators receive nectar and/or pollen rewards from the flowers that they visit.
Now let’s get more personal. Every garden should heed this advice: plant flowering native plants such as butterfly weed, Joe-pye weed, and gayfeather to support local indigenious pollinators. Here is a tip: gradually intermixing native annuals and perennial plants can help attract and feed pollinating insects. Plant pollen and nectar-rich plants with successive flowering seasons so that the plants can help provide for pollinators all season. Annual plants bring in pollinators, but they do not return year after year, therefore they cannot support the pollinators long term. Great annuals that support butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds include zinnia, flowering tobacco, lantana, and verbena.
Why Does Pollinator Support Make A Difference?
Pollinators are incredibly important to our ecosystem! Being that we are an organic farm, there’s something we wanted to share with you! It has been proven by the University of Sussex’s Laboratory that including organically grown native and non native pollinator-friendly flowers in your garden can attract and help support bees and other insects. This is important for gardeners everywhere because adding a small amount of pollinating plants to your garden can make a positive impact on your local pollinator population. That’s this week’s Inside The Garden With Green Bridge Growers.
- Carlondrea Petty