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Field bindweed
Convolvulus arvensis
What Should You Know About Pollinating Field Bindweed?
Field bindweed employs a fascinating entourage of buzzing bees as its chief pollinators, drawing them in with a captivating vibrancy of color and irresistible sugary nectar. Using an enchanting, intricate mechanism of positioning its anthers and stigma, cross-pollination is achieved with the help of its winged visitors. The ballet of pollination mainly unfolds during daylight hours when bees are most active.
Which Pollinators are Suitable for Field Bindweed?
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Primary pollinators
Bees
Potential pollinators
Beetles, Butterflies
How Does Pollination Occur in Field Bindweed?
Field bindweed's flowers are funnel-shaped, white or pink with five fused petals. The type is known as 'Solitary', usually forming on the axil. Its hermaphroditic nature makes it potentially self-pollinating.

Pollination in field bindweed typically involves insects, attracted by the flower's nectar. However, it can also self-pollinate in the absence of pollinators.
How Can You Enhance the Pollination of Field Bindweed?
Plant Diversity
Plant a variety of native flowers that bloom at different times throughout the season to provide a constant supply of pollen and nectar for bees, beetles, and butterflies.
Habitat
Provide natural habitats like hedgerows, wildflower strips and other non-crop areas, which are essential for many pollinators to nest and breed. Hollowed wood, bare soil, and leaf piles can also help.
Water Sources
Ensure a continuous supply of fresh, shallow water sources from which pollinators can drink. Be sure to regularly clean and refill water supplies to prevent disease spread.
Pesticide Reduction
Avoid using pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides, as these can be harmful to pollinators. If pest control is necessary, apply pesticides in the evening when bees are less active or consider using organic or less harmful alternatives.
How Can You Determine if Field Bindweed has Been Pollinated?
Flower Petal Wilting
Following successful pollination in field bindweed, there'll be a noticeable shrinking and wilting of the flower's petals, indicating fertilization has occurred.
Seed Formation
A confirmed sign of successful pollination in field bindweed is the formation of seeds inside the flower after a period of time.
Fruit Development
Field bindweed will show successful pollination by developing tiny, egg-shaped capsules as fruits soon after the flower fades.
Understanding Hand-Pollination in Field Bindweed
Normal
Difficulty
60 mins
Duration
What Tools are Necessary for Hand-Pollinating Field Bindweed?
Small Brush
A small, soft brush or cotton swab is required to gently collect pollen from the male flowers and apply it onto the stigma of the female flowers.
Magnifying Glass
Field bindweed's flowers are quite small, so a magnifying glass is great for better visualization during the hand-pollination process.
Marker or labels
Use markers or labels to identify and keep track of the flowers you've hand-pollinated.
What is the Optimal Time for Hand-Pollinating Field Bindweed?
The optimal time for hand-pollination of field bindweed is in the morning when flowers have just opened. The flowers of field bindweed open early in the morning and close by afternoon. The plant is in its flowering stage from late spring to early fall.
Steps to Hand-Pollinate Field Bindweed
Step1: Preparation
Identify the mature flowers on the field bindweed plant. Flowers that are ready for pollination are fully opened and vibrant in color.
Step2: Collecting Pollen
Use the small soft brush or cotton swab to gently collect pollen from the anthers of the male flower. The pollen should adhere to the brush or swab.
Step3: Applying Pollen
Carefully apply the pollen collected onto the stigma of a female flower. Make sure that the pollen reaches the inner part of the stigma and does not simply fall off.
Step4: Labeling
After successful pollination, label the hand-pollinated flowers to keep track of them. This makes it easier to identify and collect seeds later.
Step5: Repeat
Repeat the process for each female flower you wish to pollinate.
Why Aren't There Fruits on Field Bindweed Despite the Presence of Flowers?
Insufficient Pollinators
If field bindweed isn't pollinated effectively, ensure it's planted in an insect-friendly location. Regularly water and remove any threats, such as pesticides, to attract pollinators.
Weather Conditions
Field bindweed has delicate flowers that are sensitive to harsh weather conditions. In bad weather, use protective structures to ensure pollination success.
Poor Plant Health
Unhealthy field bindweed might impair its ability to be pollinated. Regular fertilisation, watering, and disease control can increase pollination rates.
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