March 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm (Gardening, Trees)
Tags: Gardening, Trees
“Pollen”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Early, every spring, the pine trees start to shed their pollen. If there is no rain, everything becomes covered in a light yellow dust. It is just starting, but already there is pine tree pollen all over the cars; you can’t walk outside without your shoes quickly being covered in yellow; and even the cats are covered in yellow powder and leave tiny yellow footprints on the black slate floor. With the weather turning warmer and pleasant, we won’t be able to open any windows or doors until this stuff stops falling. The plants in the garden present a special problem.
Pollen-covered insect on pollen-covered rose leaves
The problem that occurs in the garden happens whenever water hits the pollen-covered plants. When a light rain falls or when watering, if not enough water is used to completely wash the pollen off the leaves, the pollen puddles and sticks like glue. There is simply no getting that stuff off. There have been leaves on plants that still show signs of pollen at the end of summer, and that is after all our summer rains. And, let me tell you, we get a lot of rain in the summer here. After having this happen several years, I make sure to wash off the leaves of everything whenever I water, and if we only get a light rain, I make sure to rinse off the plants before they dry so that there will be no pollen residue sticking around marring the looks of the garden.
Luckily, pine pollen does not really bother many people. It might seem that pine tree pollen, which is produced in large amounts by a common tree, would make it a good candidate for causing allergy. It is, however, less allergenic than other plants, and a relatively rare cause of allergy. Because pine pollen is heavy, it tends to fall straight down from the tree and does not scatter in the wind, rarely reaching human noses. (www.umm.edu/careguides/000034.htm). If your allergies are acting up, it is probably another plant that is blooming at the same time (oaks?) that is causing it.
I know we need for nature to reproduce, and it is nice to have pine trees. But it will be so nice when this pollen season is over because pine pollen certainly does make a mess of clothes, cars, animals, and houses.