Apiary in Flowering Almond Garden at the Foot of the Mount Tabor in Israel

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Apiary in Flowering Almond Garden at the Foot of the Mount Tabor in Israel

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Almonds  are beautiful trees that bloom in very early spring, when most other plants are dormant. In California, the world’s largest almond producer, the bloom lasts for about two weeks in early February. If you plan to grow almond trees and you want them to produce nuts, you’ll need to think about how to pollinate almond trees before you even plant. You’ll need to choose the correct combination of varieties and consider your source of pollinators. How are Almond Trees Pollinated? Almonds are among the most economically valuable bee-pollinated crops. In fact, almonds are nearly 100% dependent on bees for pollination. If enough bees are present, 90 to 100% of almond flowers per tree can develop into nutlets (the first stage in nut development), but none will develop if no bees at all visit the tree. It’s not just honeybees that pollinate

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