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WSU “Gardening in Washington State”

Washington State University (WSU) Extension has a webpage full of information and answers for gardeners. This is an excellent resource for whatever garden project you might be undertaking. There’s information on all sorts of garden topics including: flower beds, lawns, vegetable gardening, rain gardens, composting and much more!

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In response to Governor Inslee’s March 11 emergency proclamation to minimize public health risk during COVID-19, events usually posted here have been cancelled or postponed..

Webinar: Flowering, Fruit Set, and Pollination Biology

Fri, March 27
10 am (Pacific Time)

Join us for the first topic of our WSU-OSU Tree Fruit Extension Webinar series!

Flowering is a critical time for growers because fertilization rate has a fundamental relationship to yield and there is a short window of opportunity to set the crop for the year. The processes of pollination and fertilization are dependent upon many factors and these can vary from year to year and among cultivars. This webinar will cover the basics of pollination/fertilization biology as well as strategies for reducing variability and optimizing fruit set. Specifically, the following topics will be addressed:

– Fundamentals of flowering and fertilization
– Pollenizers + pollinators
– S-alleles and compatibility
– Environmental effects on flowering and fruit set
– Practical strategies for optimizing fruit set

The emphasis will be on sweet cherry but other tree fruit species will be addressed as well.