Friday, April 6, 2012
First pistillate flowers are showing.
The photo at right are pistillate flowers produced by the cultivar, 'Shoshoni'. Shoshoni is a protogynous flowering cultivar that breaks bud several days before most northern pecan cultivars. Early budbreak translates into early development of pistillate flowers. In the photo, you can see the yellow-orange surface of the female flower's stigma (the area where pollen must fall and germinate to fertilize the flower). Each stigma is surrounded by four leafy bracks.
This year's pollination season looks to be three weeks ahead of normal.