Help pollinating indoor tomatoes

clones2February 29, 2012

Any suggestions to help pollinate indoor tomatoes other than using a Q-tip in the mornings?

I have grown some gorgeous plants indoors this winter, but have had horrible luck pollinating the flowers. I've had plants with well over 30 buds and I can only get 2-3 tomatoes from them.

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ralleia(z5 Omaha, NE)

I've heard something about shaking the plant a little at noonish each day.

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 2:01PM
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austinnhanasmom(5 CO)

electric toothbrush on the branch - they are self pollinating

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 10:34PM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

I just shake the plant stems just below the flowering trusses for about 15 seconds:

Seems to work pretty well:


    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 10:59PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I too am a plant shaker, just grabbing the supports whenever I walk through the greenhouse and shaking each plant for the count of 3. I do this especially when the nighttime temps are wrong, or when we have basically 24 hours of daylight. There are other factors, such as humidity and nutrients, that can affect fruit set, too.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 1:52AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Brush your hand across flower clusters and the shake method works for me

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 2:57AM
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Thanks for the suggestions...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 1:09PM
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