March 30, 2024 – Mason beetle is necessary for growing cherries – Paweł Pączka, Galster

According to Paweł Pączka from the Galster producer group, pollination is the key to abundant harvests and high-quality fruit.

Pollination of flowers of insect-pollinated plants is an extremely important process in horticultural production, often underestimated by fruit producers. Without it, it is impossible to obtain abundant harvests and high-quality fruits and seeds.

An insufficient number of pollinating insects in plantations of insect-pollinated plants may lead to: a decrease in yields, deterioration of the quality of fruit and seeds, a complete lack of fruit set in the case of open-pollinated species requiring cross-pollination (e.g. cherries).

Pollination brings benefits:

  • Increased yields
  • Improving the quality of fruit and seeds
  • Increased plant resistance to diseases
  • Natural environment preservation

Red mason bee – an ideal pollinator because it flies over 140 species of plants, including all fruit plants. It is a very effective pollinator, which has been confirmed by scientific research. The population of red mason bees in plantations can significantly improve the quality and quantity of crops.

Pollination is a natural and cheap way to increase yields and improve fruit quality. It is worth remembering this and taking care of pollinating insects, including the red mason bee. The mason bee is one of the most effective bees at pollinating. Every year we increase the pollination area in our orchards. When growing cherries, I have 10 hives per hectare, says Paweł Pączka, President of the Galster group, who uses mason bee in his cherry orchard.

In the video below, Paweł Pączka talks about why he decided to use a mason bee, even though he has honey bees, and what effects he sees from its work. We invite you to watch: