Plants have sex. No, it’s not what you’re thinking! What he means is most plants are either male or female. The male plants produce pollen; female plants produce fruit, seeds or seed-pods.
Nurseries produce and sell mostly male trees. The market demands male trees because they are lower maintenance. Female trees produce messy flowers, seeds, fruits and seed-pods that need to be cleaned up. However, female trees do NOT produce pollen.
Most cities are planted with male trees for lower maintenance. This is why we have so much pollen in cities. This is why so many people develop allergies to pollen.
In a natural state there would be roughly an equal number of male and female trees. By planting mostly male trees in cities, we create a double whammy. You see, female trees attract and trap pollen. With an abundance of male trees, not only do we create more pollen but we have fewer female trees available to trap this overabundance of pollen.
If you’re going to plant trees or bushes; select females. They’re the ones with flowers and berries.
If you’re going to cut down some trees for firewood, select the male trees. Over time you’ll surround your home with mostly female trees and bushes and thus have less pollen around your home.
Anti-allergy web-sites list plants that produce the most allergic pollen and advise you against planting them. You can still plant them, just plant the females.
He also suggested buying locally produced honey if you have pollen allergies. Locally produced honey has trace amounts of pollen that increase your immunity to pollen and reduce allergic reaction.
Thomas has a web-site that you might consider whether you have pollen allergies or not. By increasing female trees and bushes and reducing male plants, we help balance our environment and improve our health. Here’s his web address for you to copy and paste on your browser:
July 18, 2011
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