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The Weird Sex Lives Of Hazelnuts

20 Jan
The Weird Sex Lives Of Hazelnuts

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Rogue Farms

When it comes to propagating the species, hazelnuts do it in the most peculiar way.

For starters, the pollination season starts in January. How many plants pollinate during winter? Not many.

With a 98-acre hazelnut orchard right next door to us, we at Rogue Farms have a front row seat of the strange reproductive habits of the hazelnut.

Catkins, the male flower of the hazelnut tree. Catkins, the male flower of the hazelnut tree.

It starts with catkins, a long droopy flower that first appear on hazelnuts in the spring. Catkins are the male parts of the tree that produce and release pollen.

The pollen is spread by the wind to these tiny red flowers, the female parts of the hazelnut tree.

The small red flower, or floret, receives the pollen and will later grow into a nut. The small red flower, or floret, receives the pollen and will later grow into a nut.

Pollen can be spread up to 50-feet, but rarely does it have to travel that far. Every hazelnut tree has both male and female…

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