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Autumn Olive pollination?

 
Ray Moses
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Hi, this is my first time posting. I am finding conflicting information regarding autumn olive (Elaganus umbellata) pollination, i.e. monacious or diecious. Most sources indicate that it is self fertile. I have thousands of bushes growing around me area but very few produce fruit. Any ideas to increase fruit production? Thanks in advance.
 
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Mine often didn't produce much the first couple of years. This was even when they had tons of blossoms. It could be a few factors. One is that the bees haven't found them yet (but they do smell really good). Another is that the plant is developing it's ability to really fruit. Usually gets flowers and say, one fruit on a fruit tree before it really powers up on an asymptotic increase. I wouldn't worry for the first couple of years. After 5 years or so, I might think about mineral balance of soil, ph, bees or something like that. You can always hand pollinate with a small child's artist paint brush if you're checking bees.
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Lance Kleckner
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Is there a lot of shade?
 
Ray Moses
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No,
 
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