Bees are vital to an apple’s ability to thrive, why? Most apples must be cross-pollinated. Which means that an apple blossom must receive the pollen from a different variety of apple in order for an apple to be produced! Bees are the best for this job because blossoms, even ones on a single tree, all open at different times. Bees are on constant duty in the orchard, seeking out the blossoms that are ready. Growers have experimented with cross-pollinating by hand, spraying pollen onto blossoms, and even using shotguns with pollen-filled cartridges. None of these ideas can replace the perfect work that bees do!