How to Cross Breed Two Fruit Trees

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How to Cross Breed Two Fruit Trees
Apple trees are an example of a fruit tree that can produce a hybrid fruit. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Hybrid fruit trees are the result of two compatible heirloom trees that are cross-pollinated. The two trees produce a seed that will grow into a plant with genetic characteristics of both parents. Examples of hybrid fruit trees include many apple trees as well as many species of pear and peach trees. In nature, hybrids may be created through wind action or through the action of bees. Hybrid trees are simple to create using a process of hand pollination.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Forceps
  • Cotton swabs

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open a fruit tree blossom using a pair of forceps to expose the pollen-covered anthers of a blossom.

  2. 2

    Collect pollen from the tree using a cotton swab.

  3. 3

    Open the petals of a blossom on the tree you wish to cross-pollinate.

  4. 4

    Transfer the pollen to the pistil of the fruit tree blossom by swabbing the pistil with the cotton swab.

  5. 5

    Collect seed from the fruit that the tree bears after the seed matures. The seed will produce a new hybrid tree.

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