If you enlarge this photo by clicking on it you will see a small insect in the front flower. It too will be pollinating. We have one beehive in the avocado blocks and a beekeeper has hives stock piled across the road SO there are plenty of FREE insects around to begin the pollinating for us.
It is difficult to estimate the percentage of flowers open as every vine is different and every block on the orchard just a bit different.The flowers stay viable for about 8 days so we have some leeway.
A bee gathering pollen from this male flower. Yes the flower looks white when freshly open but will get a apricot hue as it ages. Hopefully this bee will then fly to a female flower and leave some male pollen on the stigma of the female flower ( to form a fruit ) remember your basic biology here. If you go back and enlarge the top 2 photos you can see how the female flowers are different . The female flowers have quite a round carpel in the middle which will develope into a fruit when pollinated. If you look vey closely you will see the female parts of the flower are quite different from the male .
Ideally we would like the wind to die down, the sun to come out and warm the air, so the bees have easy flying and want to work. (these photos were taken when I was working yesterday; where I have been everyday this week ) We have lots of fat buds so have the potential for a bumper crop. (I forgot to mention the smell over the last week! Kiwifruit have perfume all their own - quite pleasant - I would know it anywhere ! )
I am not going near them over the weekend but intend to garden and sew some new cushion covers. How are you spending your weekend? Enjoyably I hope !