What is pollination?

Pollination is an annual challenge for growers when it comes to the production of vegetables, fruit and seed. Well pollinated crops result in considerably higher yields and improve the quality and shelf-life of these products.

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anthers of the flower to the stigma of the flower. If the pollen is transferred from anther to stigma on the same flower it is called self-pollination. Cross pollination, is the transfer of pollen from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower on the same plant or on another plant. Many flowers require insects such as bumblebees or flies to transfer the pollen.

Bumblebee pollination

Bumblebees are an indispensable ally for growers worldwide, offering reliable and efficient pollination solution that elevates crop yields and overall quality. Their carefully managed deployment guarantees the optimal pollination required for increased fruit set and enhanced crop uniformity, ultimately driving profits for growers. Bumblebees work diligently seven days a week, from dawn to dusk, even in unfavorable weather conditions and protected environments. The Koppert hives are user-friendly, safe and necessitating minimal maintenance. By implementing best practices, growers can create an environment that maximizes the advantages of bumblebee pollination, ensuring bountiful harvest.

Fly pollination

Fly pollination, particularly with the help of Lucilia sericata flies, offers a multitude of benefits to growers around the world. These flies prove to be efficient pollinators, finding their role in a diverse array of seed crops. Lucilia flies are highly versatile, ideal for applications within enclosed tents or isolated growing units when dealing with limited pollen production. What makes them stand out is their seamless compatibility with bumblebees, creating a dynamic synergy in pollination efforts.

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To maximize the benefits of bumblebee or fly pollination, it is essential to implement best practices that create a favorable environment for these invaluable insects.

Our best practice tips give you valuable knowledge about hive placement in different conditions, how to protect bumblebees in heat, how to protect bumblebees from cold, how to optimize pollination under artificial light, how to check bite marks, how to treat bumblebee sting, how to apply fly pollination product and much more.