Tomatoes and pollination

Dezdon(NNE)March 12, 2005

HI,

How do tomatoes do under 400 MH? And how do the flowers get pollinated for the fruit if there indoors? I also have some lettuce going and they look great. Trying to get a jump on the nieghbors for the vegi gardens this year.

Dez

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jkirk3279(Z5 SW MI)

"And how do the flowers get pollinated for the fruit if there indoors?"

You can make a tickler with an ostrich feather. Or set up a fan to blow across them.

Tomatoes are wind polinated. Create some wind.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2005 at 10:12PM
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Dezdon(NNE)

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. I do have a fan in the room already. Not to sound like a knuckelhead, but where will the pollum come from. Its own self?
Thanks,
D

    Bookmark   March 13, 2005 at 2:43PM
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jkirk3279(Z5 SW MI)

Yes, tomato flowers are bisexual, those devils.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2005 at 8:11PM
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Dezdon(NNE)

Thanks JK!
Hang in there, Spring is almost here!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2005 at 8:22AM
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VMWOOD(z5IA)

I use a small electric battery operated toothbrush once each day to pollinate tomatoes.

Marv- Montezuma,IA

Here is a link that might be useful: Photo Albums

    Bookmark   March 14, 2005 at 4:15PM
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jkirk3279(Z5 SW MI)

You know, that electric toothbrush thing reminded me:

There's a story that a tuning fork will do the job perfectly.

Haven't found one yet to try it.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2005 at 11:56PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

Tomatoes are self-pollinating. Shake (vibrate) the plants for a few minutes once or twice daily; no need to move the pollen from one flower to another. But pollination is sensitive to temperature and humidity as well; they do best with daytime temps in the 70's, nighttime temps in the low to mid 60's, and plenty of humidity and fresh air. Look out for aphids and whiteflies, too.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 9:44PM
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