Thursday, March 02, 2006


so, i have been working in shafter lately, and on the way there i pass a lot of almond trees (there is a nice pic of them on dana's site). well, they are all pretty and in bloom, but i noticed that in some fields there are different colors of blossoms. there are three rows of white and then a row of pink, then three rows of white and a row of pink(and so forth). what is going on here? are they different types of almonds (i dont really like almonds, so i have never paid attention to this), different sexes (and which is which, and why waste time planting so many males, unless they are able to produce almonds, and why the ratio of 3:1), do they have different owners (this seems to prove how little i know about farming, is a field owned by one person or what), or os ot just for the looks?

also, the bee boxes that are put out each season are neat, but who grows the bees and puts them there? i always assumed that farmers rent the bee boxes from another company, one that likely makes honey, but dont actually know. i thought about calling dana, but am lazy and dont feel like chatting.


Fishy said...

normally almonds are all white, and fruit trees are the pink ones. but there is a veriaty of almond that is called a pollenater. the bees will go to these trees first and pick up pollen and then go and distribute it to the other trees. these pollinators do not need to be pollenated by the bees because they create their own pollen. and there you go, just ask the farmer.

Julie said...

The different trees are different varieties of almond trees. They usually plant an orchard of 3 or 4 varieties, but I'm not sure exactly why. I could ask someone and let you know if you're really curious.

Also, there are people who provide the bees for these crops to pollinate the trees. I used to teach swim lessons for a kid whose family provided bees for different farmers. They gave me a jar of honey at the end of the swim season... if you care.

Scott & Malisa Johnson said...

So I have a question for you Sara, or whoever else farms. What happens with the weather that has been going on where the blossoms come, but cold fronts come in and freeze everything? Is this a problem? Do the blossoms die, and if so, do they re-bloom?

timidvenus said...

wow, my friends are so smart!

s&m - (now thats funny) i have no idea.

Fishy said...

poor wehter can really damage the harvest of many crops. in this c ase rain, cold wether and even windydays can do alot of damage , if there are no blossoms for bees to polinate, then there will be no fruit, poor farmers