Backyard Greenhouse Tomato Pollination Idea? Will it work?

azee_2009April 4, 2012

Hello Everyone,

This idea is for small scale backyard greenhouse. Because tomato plant is self-pollinated (flower gets fertilized by transfer of pollen from the anthers to the stigma of the same flower) so i think this idea will work.

I want to temporarily place a fan under targeted tomato or other plant & blow air upwards for 30-60 secs daily that may spread pollen grains in a small scale backyard greenhouse. Will it work? What do you guys think? If anybody has ever tried some thing like that? Please comment.

Below is diagram that is self explanatory.

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Sounds reasonable enough. I've seen the idea a couple of times in hydroponics books, but I've not had a chance to try it myself as all of my tomato plants are outside. May need to though--I've not seen an single bee all year...

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 2:26PM
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For one plant its easy enough to just use an electric toothbrush. If I had multiple plants, I'd just give them all a shake 2 or 3 times a day.
While a reasonable idea, it seems unnecessary and likely to blow pollen all over the place.
Hope you don't have allergies.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 2:36PM
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I'm not sure how many tomato plants you plan, but placing a fan underneath each one seems unreasonable to me for various reasons. For just a couple of plants shaking them daily, or using a electric toothbrush on the back of the flower clusters typically work well. For more plants or people that don't want to do the labor, placing a few oscillating fans around the room works great. The fan direction isn't important, air circulation is. For the truly lazy, the oscillating fans can be on timers. But typically are set to run 24/7. The constant air circulation helps prevent fungal disease as well (especially in humid greenhouse conditions).

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 5:52AM
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Walk through the greenhouse once every two days in the afternoon with a leaf blower at low speed. Quick and very effective...

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 2:04PM
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luvahydrangea(Albany, NY 5)

The hydroponic store in my neighborhood, just puts an osculating fan near the plants and their plants have tons of fruit. As homehydro said, I dont think the direction of the fan really matters.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 8:50AM
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