With growing concern over the declining population of pollinators, it’s nice to know which veggies are self pollinating plants and which ones rely exclusively on wind, or insect pollinators.
Most of us are familiar with the role that pollinators like bees, wasps, and other bugs have in the process of pollination.
Pollination refers to the transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower, the stamen, to the female part of the flower, the pistil. All plants require pollination to make fruit and seeds.
When insects like bees and wasps visit flowers, their activity facilitates the transfer of pollen within a single flower and from flower to flower.
While the decline of pollinators is a great concern, gardeners can take some comfort in the fact that many plants do not rely on pollinators to set fruit.